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From Louis Vuitton bags to Kanye West album covers, Murakami’s work has permeated modern culture more than any other living artist’s. Trained in traditional Japanese art, he combined classical techniques with contemporary cultural references to create the self-coined ‘Superflat’ movement, a celebration of Japanese two-dimensional forms from wood-blocking to manga and anime. Murakami has exhibited all over the world, notably at the Palace of Versailles, where he filled 15 rooms with his multi-disciplinary work in 2010. More recently, he animated and directed an anime-style video for lauded American singer Billie Eilish.
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Murakami’s works are awash with regular characters, most notably the mouse-eared, wide-eyed Mr DoB.
Country of Birth
Sotheby's New York, 'My Lonesome Cowboy', 2008
KAWS's private collection
MoMA, New York, USA
Yoshimoto Nara's private collection
Issey Miyake's private collection
Pharrell Williams's private collection
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, ES
The Broad Museum collection, Los Angeles, USA
Takashi Murakami: Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow, The Broad Museum, Los Angeles, USA, 2022
Takashi Murakami: GYATEI², Gagosian, Los Angeles, USA, 2019
The 500 Arhats, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, JP, 2018
Solo Exhibition, Gagosian Gallery, Rome, IT, 2010