Walking into the World of Murakami 走進村上隆的花花世界


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.


最近我去了一個展覽 - 村上隆對戰村上隆,這是非常有名的村上隆先生的獨立展覽。我想大家都應該有在網上看過他的作品,又或是在時裝的領域上,即使是沒聽過他的名字,也都看過他的作品吧。這展覽會在大館展出至今年九月一號。他超乎的藝術作品,從詳細的草稿和素描、樂觀的花花牆壁和地毯,以及開心樂觀的卡通角色,全部都會在這展覽中毫無保留的呈現出來。若你不想錯過這一切,記得趕緊到這裡訂票啊!


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.


村上隆的藝術範疇很廣,當中包括畫畫、雕塑、動畫和影片,以及跟其他藝術、設計和時裝等領域合作的多媒體創作。他的作品讓人印象深刻,他著名的彩色笑笑花,便是其中一個對全世界影響力極深的作品。在這次展覽裡,我最喜歡的其中一個作品是到處都是可怕的色彩骷髏頭圖樣的房間,可是最神奇的是,一般骷髏頭都是被理解為危險,甚至死亡,但是村上隆卻把整件事情弄得非常樂觀的,或許這就是他最厲害的地方吧。



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.


當我走進了這房間的時候,我覺得非常震憾。整個房間都佈滿了他最具代表性的笑笑花,而且不留任何空間!這概念叫做「超級平」,這不單只是指村上隆做作品的做法,同時也指出大家都不應標籤藝術品和社會的高低之分。這些都應該是平等、沒階級之分的。


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.


這個房間是其中一間我在整個展覽裡面最喜歡的:一間全是金色的房間。我非常喜歡裡面的那些作品,因為它們都讓我想到了日本的傳統藝術。不過另一方面,他的作品的確是帶有點日本的傳統藝術,只是他加入了最具自己風格的元素,這讓他的藝術作品更推進了一大步。


Are you inspired by Murakami?


村上隆的作品有啟發到你嗎?


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