Under the radiation falls
A lightning rod of cultural dichotomies, Takashi Murakami believes the artist to be one who perceives and limns the borders between worlds. Combining refined classical painting techniques with a supercharged mix of Pop, animé, and otaku imagery in his distinctive “Superflat” style, Murakami moves freely within an ever-expanding field of aesthetic issues and cultural inspirations. Parallel to the dystopian themes which pervade his work, he recollects and revitalizes traditional narratives of transcendence and enlightenment. Mining religious and secular subjects favored by the so-called Japanese “eccentrics”—non-conformist artists of the Early Modern era widely regarded as counterparts of the Western Romantic tradition—Murakami situates himself within their legacy of bold and lively individualism in a manner that is entirely his own and of his time.
The exhibition Takashi Murakami. Under the Radiation Falls is the first major survey of Takashi Murakami's work in Russia. It spans several periods of the artist’s career from the mid Protected content to now. As the result of collective work for two years, the Museum evolved into real universe of Murakami, where ideas of “high” and “low”, “elite” and “popular” came together.
About the artist:
Takashi Murakami (b. Protected content , Tokyo, Japan) lives and works in Tokyo and New York. He studied at Tokyo University of the Arts, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Protected content , his master’s degree in Protected content , and his PhD. in Protected content . He founded the Hiropon factory in Tokyo in Protected content , which later evolved into Kaikai Kiki, an art production and art management corporation. In addition to the production and marketing of Murakami's art and related work, Kaikai Kiki functions as a supportive environment for the fostering of emerging artists. Recent major museum exhibitions include: Murakami: The Protected content , Mori Art Museum, Tokyo Protected content Arhat Cycle, Palazzo Reale, Milan Protected content Murakami: Ego, Qatar Museums Authority, Doha Protected content Takashi Murakami Versailles, Palace of Versailles, Versailles Protected content © MURAKAMI, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles Protected content traveled to Brooklyn Museum, New York; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; and Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao through Protected content Kaikai Kiki: Takashi Murakami, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris Protected content traveled to Serpentine Gallery, London); Takashi Murakami: Made in Japan, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Protected content and Summon Monsters? Open the Door? Heal? Or Die?, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo Protected content .
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