Takashi Murakami


Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami, born in the 1st of February 1962. He is an internationally prolific contemporary Japanese Artist. He works in fine arts media, such as painting and sculpture. As well as what is conventionally considered commercial media – Fashion, Merchandise and Animation, which is also known for blurring the line between high and low arts. He coined the term superflat, which describes both the aesthetic characteristics of the Japanese artistic tradition and the nature of post-war Japanese culture and society. Superflat is also used as a moniker to describe Murakami’s own artistic style and that of other Japanese artists he has influenced. Murakami is the Founder and President of Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd., through which he manages the careers of several younger artists and organizes the biannual art fair GEISAI.

Education History:

  • Tokyo University of the Arts.


  • (1997) Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France
  • (1997) Blum & Poe Gallery, Santa Monica, California, USA
  • (1997) Galerie Koto, Okayama, Japan
  • (1997) “The Other Side of a Flash of Light“, HAP Art Space, Hiroshima, Japan
  • (1998) “Hiropon Project KoKo_Pity Sakurako Jet Airplane Nos. 1-6“, Feature Inc., New York USA
  • (1998) “Back Beat: Super Flat“, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
  • (1998) “My Lonesome Cowboy“, Blum & Poe Gallery, Santa Monica, California, USA
  • (1998) “Moreover, DOB raises his hand“, Sagacho bis, Tokyo, Japan
  • (1999) “DOB in the strange forest“, Nagoya Parco Gallery, Japan
  • (1999) “Patron“, Marunuma Art Park Gallery, Japan
  • (1999) “Second Mission PROJECT KO2“, Hiropon Factory, Japan
  • (1999) “Dob’s Adventures in Wonderland“, Parco Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
  • (1999) “The Meaning of the Nonsense of the Meaning“, Center for Curatorial Studies Museum, Bart College, New York, USA
  • (1999) “Superflat“, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, USA
  • (1999) “Love & DOB“, Gallery KOTO, Okayama, Japan
  • (2000) “727“, Blum & Poe Gallery, Santa Monica, California, USA
  • (2000) “Second mission Project KO2“, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, USA
  • (2000) “Kaikai Kiki: Superflat“, Issey Miyake for Men, Tokyo, Japan
  • (2001) “Wink“, Grand Central Station, New York, USA
  • (2001) “Mushroom“, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, USA
  • (2001) “Kaikai Kiki“, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France
  • (2001) “Summon monsters? Open the door? Heal? Or die?” Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
  • (2001) “Takashi Murakami: Made in Japan“, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA
  • (2002) “Kawaii“, Foundation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, France; Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
  • (2003) “Superflat Monogram“, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France
  • (2003) “Superflat Monogram“, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, USA
  • (2003) “Double Helix Reversal“, Rockefeller Center, New York, USA
  • (2004) “Funny Cuts“, Stuttgart Museum of Art, Stuttgart, Germany
  • (2004) “Takashi Murakami: Inochi“, Blum & Poe Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
  • (2005) “Opening of Gallery Extension“, Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France
  • (2005) “Little Boy: The Arts of Japan’s Exploding Pop Culture“, Japan Society, New York, USA
  • (2005) “Outdoor Banner Installation“, Public Art Fund, New York, USA
  • (2006) “The Pressure Point of Painting“, Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France
  • (2007) “©MURAKAMI” Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
  • (2007) “Tranquility of the heart, torment of the flesh ― open wide the eye of the heart, and nothing is invisible”
  • (2008) “Davy Jone’s Tear,” Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
  • (2008) “©MURAKAMI”Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
  • (2008) “Takashi Murakami: Prints “My First Art” Series, Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo
  • (2009) “I Love Prints and So I Make Them” ARKI Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • (2009) “I Love Prints and So I Make Them” Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
  • (2009) “Takashi Murakami Paints Self Portraits” Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France
  • (2009) “©MURAKAMI” Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain
  • (2010) “Solo Exhibition” Gagosian Gallery, Rome, Italy
  • (2010) “MURAKAMI VERSAILLES” Palace of Versailles, Versailles, France
  • (2011) “Beyond Limits”, Chatsworth, England “Homage to Yves Klein“, Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France
  • (2011) “A History of Editions“, Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France
  • (2011) “Solo Exhibition” Gagosian Gallery, London, England
  • (2013) “Arhat”,Blum & Poe, Culver City, CA
  • (2013) “Jelly Fish Eyes” International Premiere: Anime Film, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) April 8, 2013
  • (2015-2016) “Takashi Murakami: The 500 Arhats”, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo.


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