Fri 25 Nov 2022 to Sat 28 Jan 2023
Artist: Takashi Murakami
Mon-Fri 10am-1am, Sat-Sun 3pm-1am
On the occasion of the opening of Perrotin Dubai, the gallery is partnering with ICD Brookfield Place to organize the first exhibition of Takashi Murakami in Dubai.
It follows several major museum exhibitions of the artist in recent years: The Broad, Los Angeles (2022), Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong (2019), Vancouver Art Gallery (2018) and MCA Chicago (2017). In 2012, the masterful Murakami Ego exhibition across 5000m2 of the Al Riwaq Hall in Doha made history.
Takashi Murakami’s works are in the world’s largest public and private collections, like the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.
This presentation in Dubai is the 14th solo exhibition of the artist’s work at the gallery since he met Emmanuel Perrotin in 1993.
The exhibition brings together a selection of the artist’s iconic works: paintings, sculptures and installations of various sizes and mediums. Takashi Murakami, a doctor of Nihonga painting, combines the most modern techniques with the precision and virtuosity of traditional Japanese art. Inspired by manga and kawaii cultures, his universe is populated by monstrous and charming characters, mischievous descendants of old myths. Since 2001, his Superflat aesthetic has blurred the boundaries between popular and high art.
The exhibition opens with a series of sculptures and paintings dedicated to Mr. DOB, the artist’s iconic character created in 1993. Mr. DOB’s design was inspired by several animated figures such as Doraemon, Sonic and Mickey Mouse. His name is a diminutive of the expression “dobojite” meaning “why” in Japanese slang. Mr. DOB has undergone many transformations over the years, but is still recognizable by the letters of his name on his face and ears. Accompanying Takashi Murakami in his existential questioning, the DOB character has developed a complex psychology, to the point of becoming the artist’s avatar.
The recurring motif of flowers, another emblem of Takashi Murakami’s work, presents itself in the sculpture Together with the Flower Parent and Child presented here in a multicolor version. A new shaped flower painting completes the set.
Also on view: new paintings from the body of work Murakami.Flowers. A component of NFT project Murakami.Flowers, the pixelated flower paintings by Takashi Murakami combine the artist’s iconic Superflat aesthetic with the nostalgia of the graphics of 1970’s Japanese games. The series was conceived around the key number 108 associated with the Buddhist principle of bonnō, or earthly temptations; 108 backgrounds, 108 flower colors, 108 fields. As the artist states, “The existence of Murakami.Flowers extends beyond blockchain.” Each flower of this series is unique, crafted by hand and required thousands of hours of work. Through the adaptation of an NFT into the real world, the artist bridges the physical and digital realms in order to trigger a cognitive revolution.
Lastly, the robot sculpture Arhat completes this exhibition. This ironic self-portrait refers to the theme of the Arhats –the clairvoyant disciples of Buddha– that Murakami has been exploring for the past ten years with the monumental painting The 500 Arhats created for his retrospective in Qatar in 2012.
Takashi Murakami, Views of the exhibition at Perrotin Dubai, ICD Brookfield Place, from November 25, 2022 to January 28, 2023. ©2022 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin. Photo: Altamash Urooj