Takashi Murakami's (born 1962, Toyko) artistic output encompasses a much wider scope than that of pure painting or sculpture. His frequent explorations into commercial design - animation, fashion design and brand collaborations - are deliberate attempts by the artist at sabotaging the traditional high / low cultural binaries imposed by the Western art world. In the 1990s, Murakami became famous for his introduction of the ‘super flat’ theory, which was later amalgamated into his curated exhibition at MOCA, Los Angeles, in 2000. Aside from his work as an artist, Murakami is also the founder of Kaikai Kiki, an art production and management company which promotes merchandise of selected contemporary artists.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, United States: ‘Jelly Fish Eyes’
ALRIWAQ Doha Exhibition Space, Qatar: ‘Ego’
Chatsworth, England: ‘Beyond Limits’
Palace of Versailles, France: ‘MURAKAMI VERSILLES’
Bilbao Guggenheim Museum, Spain: ‘©MURAKAMI”
Brooklyn Museum, New York: ‘©MURAKAMI”
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles:‘©MURAKAMI”
Japan Society, New York: ‘Little Boy: The Arts of Japan’s Exploding Pop Culture’
Public Art Fund, New York: ‘Outdoor Banners Installations’
Fondazione Sandretto re Rebaudengo, Torino, Italy: ‘The Pantagruel Syndrome’
Stuttgart Museum of Art, Germany: ‘Funny Cats’
Rockefeller Center, New York: ‘Double Helix Reversal’
Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris: ‘Kawaii’
Serpentine Gallery, London: ‘Kawaii’
Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo: ‘Summon Monsters? Open the door? Heal? Or Die?’
HAP Art Space, Hiroshima: ‘The Other Side of a Flash Light’
Shiraishi Contemporart Art, Tokyo: ‘Which is Tomorrow’
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima: ‘A Very Merry Unbirthday’
Rontgen Kunst Institute, Tokyo: ‘One Night Exhibition, 23rd August’
Pierre Bergé, Art contemporai: 50 contemporary artists you should know, Prestel, Munich 2012.
Massimiliano Gioni, Murakami: Ego., Skira Rizzoli, New York 2012.
Melissa Chiu and Benjamin Genocchio eds., Contemporary Art in Asia: A Critical Reader, MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts 2011.
Xavier Barral and Laurent Le Bon, eds., Murakami Versailles, Paris 2010.
Jack Bankowsky, Alison Gingeras and Catherine Wood, eds., Pop Life: Art in a Material Age, exh. cat., Tate Modern, London 2009.
Paul Schimmel, ©MURAKAMI, exh. cat., The Museum of Contemporary Art Karnes and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 2007.
Takashi Murakami, Little Boy: The Arts of Japan’s Exploding Subculture, Yale University Press, 2005.
Takashi Murakami ed., Takashi Murakami: Summon Monsters? Open the Door? Heal? Or Die?, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo 2001.
Amanda Cruz, Dana Friis-Hansen, and Midori Matsui, Takashi Murakami: The Meaning of the Nonsense of the Meaning, Harry N. Abrams, New York 1999.
Takashi Murakami, DOB in the Strange Forest, Tokyo 1999.
Takashi Murakami, Murakami Takashi 1998: 2 Exhibition Official, Hiropon Factory, Tokyo 1998.
Midori Matsui, Takashi Murakami: Which is Tomorrow? -- Fall in Love, Masami Shiraishi Contemporary Art, Japan 1994.
Claire Martin, “Tokyo Pop,” Wall Street Journal Magazine, September 2013.
Michael Shaw, “Takashi Murakami,” ArtScene 32, no. 9, May 2013.
Maxwell Williams, “Superflat Screen: Takashi Murakami’s Jellyfish Eyes,” Art in America, May 2013.
Hunter Drohojowska-Philp, “Takashi Murakami: Happy Birthday Buddha,” Artnet, Feburary 2012.
Massimiliano Gioni, “Takashi Murakami: Superflat to Supernatural,” Flash Art 45, no. 284, May-June 2012.
Linda Yablonsky, “Tokyo Story,” Artforum, March 2011.
“Infantile Capitalism,” The Economist, April 2008.
Takashi Murakami and Katy Siegel, “On the Level,” Artforum, January 2005.
Katy Siegel, “Planet Murakami,” Art Review, 2003.
James Roberts, “Magic Mushrooms,” Frieze, October 2002.
Dana Friis-Hansen, “Empire of Goods,” Flash Art, March 1992.
Selected Public Collections
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston.
Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea.
SFMOMA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.