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Takashi Murakami

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


Auction Record


Sotheby's New York, 'My Lonesome Cowboy', 2008

Notable Collections

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

Notable Exhibitions

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

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