Recently I’ve been to an exhibition called MURAKAMI vs MURAKAMI, a solo exhibition by a well-known Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. I assume everyone should have seen of his work across the Internet or anywhere in the fashion field even though if you haven’t heard of his name. This exhibition is held at Tai Kwun Contemporary until 1st of September. So, if you would love to experience his extraordinary artworks from his detailed sketches and drafts to his optimistic flower wall and floor works, and to the bright cartoon characters from his world, you should buy your tickets online at here asap in case you missed it.
Murakami works in a variety of medium such as paintings, sculptures, animation and videos, as well as mixed media and collaboration with other art, design and fashion industries. His work is really impressive, like his signature colourful smiling flowers, has become one of the most influential work among the world. My favourite from this exhibition would be the uncanny skull setting wall and floor art in bright happy colours; it’s very strange that skull is supposed to be interpreted as poison, or even death, but he could make everything optimistic in his own way. That’s probably what he’s capable of.
I felt so overwhelmed when I stepped into this room; the whole room was filled with his signature smiling flowers repetitively without any empty spaces. This concept is called “Superflat”; it does not just refer to how flat Murakami structured the layout of his work, but also how people should never label art pieces and our society as high and low. They should be super flat.
Here’s one of my favourite rooms in this exhibition – a whole room covered in gold. I’m in love with these works because it totally reminds me of Japanese traditional art. However, his work resembled Japanese history in his own way with the usage of his signature flower icons and bright colours. He definitely pushed his art moving into a huge step forward.
Are you inspired by Murakami?