Louis Vuitton revealed this summer it will bid good-bye to Takashi Murakami, but the artist’s work will be all over Aspen this winter.
In a first for the artist, Murakami has designed a technicolor ski lift ticket for Aspen Skiing Company. For those whose wintery pursuits are more après-ski than back country, lift tickets are what skiers and snowboarders must wear and have scanned each time they take a run. Many weekend warriors — and day-trippers — tend to keep them on their jackets well past the expiration date. When they are unveiled in mid-October, the Murakami designs are meant to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Aspen Skiing Company’s collaboration with the Aspen Art Museum, which puts art in unexpected places. Last season, artist Teresita Fernández created a site-specific wall drawing at ASC’s Elk Camp restaurant and Anne Collier created the limited-edition lift tickets. (New Yorkers may have seen an installation by Fernández in Madison Square Park. ASC consists of four resorts — Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Butternilk.
The Shigeru Ban-designed Aspen Art Museum is a non-collecting institution that presents international contemporary art, as well as immersive activities, public programs and community events. In February, the museum previewed “Jellyfish Eyes,” the first film that Murakami has directed that is now in theaters.