TOKYO — “It will be the exhibition no one has ever seen,” said artist Takashi Murakami about his new exhibition, “(c) Murakami,” that will start in October at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles before traveling to New York, Frankfurt and Spain.
The exhibition will be made up of 95 works, including paintings, sculptures and video works. Main items will include new pieces such as a sculpture that was seven years in the planning and took another four-and-a-half years to realize, and a 10-minute animated short. The exhibition will not be shown in Japan.
The exhibition’s name is an indication of the artist’s aggressive and strategic attitude and of how he has carved his own style and identity as an artist. Murakami is perhaps best known in the West for his collaboration with Louis Vuitton, and there are plans to open temporary Vuitton shops at the exhibition sites.
Murakami discussed the exhibition at a press presentation late last month at Kaikai Kiki Gallery in the Roppongi district of Tokyo, which the artist owns. The presentation was attended by Jeremy Strick, the director and chief curator of Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art; Arnold Lehman, director of the Brooklyn Museum in New York, and Kyojiro Hata, ex-president of Louis Vuitton Japan and the president of Hata Brand Consulting KK., which is supporting Murakami.