In 2003, Time Magazine named Takashi Murakami Japan’s hottest contemporary artist, an international phenomenon, the art-world’s favourite son and fashion’s IT boy. His work had gone supernova, a result of his collaborative work with Mark Jacobs and Louis Vuitton.
He has set up factory-like studios in Tokyo and New York, where he happily mass-produces soft toys, giant inflatable balloons, t-shirts, comics, sculptures, art prints, watches and other products bearing his superflat images of childlike smiles, winking eyes, cute cartoon characters and adorable flowers. His business is called KaiKai KiKi, after his popular pair of wickedly cute soft toys; his signature character Mr DOB has big-ears and a wide smile. He employs young designers in his factories, claiming that he is not a solitary person, that he likes to draw inspiration from a collaborative environment and that he gains from their ideas as much as they gain from his.
Joining an impressive list of international galleries, 34FineArt UK is proud, for the first time to present an exhibition of works by this great master in Cornwall at THE ROSEVINE, near Portscatho TR2 5EW from 22 August till 30 September 2018. The show, selected and curated by 34FineArt will consist of a selection of signed editions.
Takashi Murakami was born in 1962 in Tokyo, and received his B.F.A., M.F.A. and PhD from the Tokyo University of the Arts. He founded the Hiropon Factory in Tokyo in 1996 which later evolved into Kaikai Kiki, an art production and art management corporation. Murakami is also a curator, cultural entrepreneur, and critical observer of contemporary Japanese society. He also started the Geisai art festival. In 2000, he curated a paradigmatic exhibition of Japanese art entitled "Superflat" which traced the origins of contemporary Japanese visual pop culture in historical Japanese art. Murakami's major solo exhibitions include Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2001); Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2001); "Kaikai Kiki," Fondation Cartier pour l'art Contemporain, Paris and the Serpentine Gallery, London (2002). A comprehensive survey exhibition opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in 2007 and traveled to the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt and the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao in 2008-2009. Since 2009 he has become an international legend and has earned his place as one of the most influential artists of our time.
In keeping with tradition and the ongoing brand collaboration, Moët & Chandon will be sponsoring the opening night on 22 August at 19h00 with Champagne for attending guests.
'TAKASHI MURAKAMI: FLOWERS' promises to be one of the highlights on the 2018 Cornwall art calendar and is not to be missed.
For more information contact:
Fred de Jager
07760 898 730