Takashi Murakami, Blue Life Force, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 118 1/8 × 92 5/16 inches (300 × 234.5 cm) © Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All rights reserved.

"Takashi Murakami: Murakami by Murakami" at the Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, Norway.

On view February 10 through May 14, 2017.

In early 2017, Astrup Fearnley Museet will present for the first time in Scandinavia, an exhibition focusing on the world-famous Japanese artist Takashi Murakami.

The exhibition will not only feature his artworks, but will also present aspects of his activities as a collector, gallerist, businessman, and activist. In the last twenty years Murakami has been extremely visible on the international art scene but he has also taken an active role within the Japanese art world, redefining the position of the artist through his involvement in different arenas of society.

In this exhibition, Astrup Fearnley will concentrate on two periods in Murakami’s artistic development. There will be works from the late 1990s related to his creation of the figure ‘DOB’ and the notion of ‘Super flat,’ which place him within the legacy of Pop art but with an exceptionally original artistic language. Moreover, there will be a selection of works from recent years in which Murakami has developed an intelligent personal dialogue with Japanese historical paintings. A special room will be dedicated to his films and TV series. The exhibition will also include works by other artists from his personal collection and those whom he has discovered or promoted. In addition, there will be an important selection of his merchandising, which Murakami, more than any other artist, has developed, produced and propelled into the art world.

Astrup Fearnley Museet
Strandpromenaden 2
0252 Oslo
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Website: Astrup Fearnley | Takashi Murakami