Takashi Murakami Exhibits New Paintings and Sculptures in Ibiza, Spain

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Takashi Murakami, Installation view, 2015 Artwork ©Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe Photography: Andrea Rossetti

Japanese artist and founder of Superflat, Takashi Murakami, has taken over four venues in Ibiza, Spain for his latest exhibition: Art Projects Ibiza, Lune Rouge Ibiza, the Ibiza Gran Hotel, and restaurant and performance space HEART Ibiza. His presence there coincides with the opening of Lune Rouge Ibiza, the collection of Guy Laliberté, the Canadian philanthropist perhaps best known as the CEO of Cirque du Soleil. The artist will have a selection of older work on display at the Lune Rouge dating back to his “Arhat” series (covered here), including his massive 32-foot long painting “69 Arhat’s “Beneath the Bodhi Tree” (2013). The series was notable for its introduction of more historical Japanese art motifs in Murakami’s works, some of which can be found at Laliberté’s Casino de Ibiza. Being a casino, the venue is a place designed for entertainment rather than exhibiting art – some media have gone as far as to call Murakami’s art a “party crasher.” The artist embraced this space as a sort of inspiration, noting his interests in art as entertainment and correlations to Japan’s otaku culture of which gaming is a huge part.

It could be said that his host’s job as the owner of a circus, a thrilling yet dangerous line of work, also provided Murakami with inspiration. His installation at Art Projects Ibiza, curated by Blum & Poe, combines the thrill of Pop-culture with more grim symbols of death. On display here is a new series of Tondo paintings modeled after the florals of 17th century Japanese painter Ogata Kōrin. Murakami’s abstract iterations combine Kōrin’s aesthetic with his happy sunflowers in varying colors such as silver, black and gold. Another recurring visual from “Arhat” can be found is his gold leaf sculpture of cascading skulls, “Dragon Heads – Gold” (2015). It is a reinterpretation of his 2013 silver version, a wall-mounted mass of skulls overlapping and melting into eachother. While making art engaging enough to stand out in a variety of venues was important, the artist does not sacrifice links to his heritage. It remains one of the most important aspects of his visual story, which continues to combine the past with the future.

Takashi Murakami’s exhibitions in Ibiza, Spain will be on view through September 26th.


Takashi Murakami, Installation view, 2015 Artwork ©Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe Photography: Andrea Rossetti


Takashi Murakami, Installation view, 2015 Artwork ©Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe Photography: Andrea Rossetti


Takashi Murakami, Installation view, 2015 Artwork ©Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe Photography: Andrea Rossetti


Takashi Murakami, Installation view, 2015 Artwork ©Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe Photography: Andrea Rossetti


Takashi Murakami, Installation view, 2015 Artwork ©Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe Photography: Andrea Rossetti


Takashi Murakami, Installation view, 2015 Artwork ©Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe Photography: Andrea Rossetti


Takashi Murakami, Installation view, 2015 Artwork ©Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe Photography: Andrea Rossetti


Takashi Murakami, Installation view, 2015 Artwork ©Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe Photography: Andrea Rossetti


Takashi Murakami, Installation view, 2015 Artwork ©Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe Photography: Andrea Rossetti

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