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11 Things You Didn’t Know About Takashi Murakami

Abhishek Kumar

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Takashi Murakami

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Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami at the Palace of Versailles

Takashi Murakami is a contemporary Japanese artist, known for his pop art-style works. He is one of Japan’s most successful and prolific contemporary artists and has been dubbed the “Japanese Warhol.” Murakami is known for blurring the boundaries between high and low art, and for his bright, playful, and often cartoonish pieces. He has created artwork for films, fashion, and music, and has collaborated with numerous brands and celebrities, including Kanye West and Louis Vuitton. In 2008, one of his sculptures, “Flower Matango,” sold for $15.1 million at auction, making him one of the highest-selling contemporary artists.

Flower Matango

Takashi Murakami was born in Tokyo in 1962 and he studied fine art and Nihonga at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. He is considered one of the most influential artists of the Post-War Japanese art scene and his works are often referred to as “Superflat”. He is a long-time collector of Japanese animation, particularly of classic anime series such as Mobile Suit Gundam. Murakami has collaborated with many well-known brands, including Louis Vuitton, Vans, and Nike. His works have been displayed at numerous international exhibitions, including The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain.

11 lesser-known facts about Takashi Murakami

  1. Murakami is the founder of the Tokyo-based art collective, Kaikai Kiki Co. Ltd.
  2. Murakami is the only Japanese artist to be selected for the cover of Time Magazine in 2008.
  3. In 2017, Murakami was awarded the Japan Art Association’s prestigious Praemium Imperiale award for his lifetime achievements in the arts.
  4. He has created several large-scale installations, including a 50-foot tall sculpture of one of his signature characters, “Mr. DOB.”
  5. In addition to his fine art, he has also designed album covers and directed music videos.
  6. He is the founder of the artistic movement called superflat.
  7. In 2007, Murakami provided the cover artwork for rapper Kanye West‘s album, Graduation.

    DOB in the Strange Forest
  8. Takashi Murakami was the founder and organizer of the biannual art fair Geisai.
  9. In 1996, Takashi Murakami launched the Hiropon Factory, his production workshop, in order to work on a larger scale and in a more diverse array of media.
  10. He made a feature film called Jellyfish Eyes. An homage to Japanese pop culture, it follows the adventures of a boy and his magical, mysterious friends, who aren’t what they seem.
  11. He has a studio of 50 people in Tokyo, and 20 in New York to assist him with painting and sculpture fabrication.

    Oval Buddha Silver