Wednesday, December 5, 2007


Welcome to © MURAKAMI. Featuring more than 90 works in various media spanning the early 1990s to the present, this international traveling retrospective is an unprecedented opportunity to survey the depth and breadth of Takashi Murakami's entire career.

Some of the most successful Louis Vuitton handbag lines have been the ones in which Takashi Murakami collaborated with Marc Jacobs. The Multicolore line, Cherry Blossom line, Panda, and Cerises were all the works of Japanese pop artist Murakami. Now Murakami and Louis Vuitton have joined forces again, this time selling limited edition (rumored to be only several hundred pieces available) Louis Vuitton accessories and bags at the Takashi Mutrakami exhibit at the Los Angeles MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art).

The newly released pieces include the re-introduction of the Louis Vuitton ‘Hands’ symbol shown on the front of the monogram canvas Neverfull bag (available in PM, MM, and GM sizes) and Porte Monnaie Ronde. In addition, Murakami has also introduced a new character called ‘Chibi Kinoko’ which means little mushroom. This little mushroom man has been placed on the front of an agenda, which is available in the traditional monogram canvas as well as the black and white Multicolore canvas.

Arguably the most internationally acclaimed artist to emerge from Asia in the postwar era, Murakami effortlessly navigates between the worlds of fine art and popular-culture. Featuring the artist best known for his cartoon-like, “superflat” style, this large-scale retrospective includes key selections that span the artist’s career from the early 1990s to the present. The exhibition will include early political works that critique Japan’s consumer culture and talent industries, the ongoing evolution of Murakami’s anime alter-ego, DOB, and an exploration of his large-scale otaku-inspired figure projects of the late 1990s. The artist will also premiere a new body of work that centers on a feature-length animated film. In addition, a fully functional Louis Vuitton boutique will be included as part of the exhibition, highlighting the artist’s continued collaboration with the company. The exhibition is curated by MOCA Chief Curator Paul Schimmel with Research Assistant Mika Yoshitake and is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.

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