Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg
June 6, 2017 - September 24, 2017
is a major retrospective exhibition of the extraordinary, monumental paintings of international art icon Murakami
, from his earliest mature works to new, never-before-seen paintings, each reflecting his exquisite level of craft and insightful engagement with history. Across more than 50 works, this seminal exhibition reveals the consistent, universal themes that have guided Murakami's practice over the past three decades.
Though Murakami is already known for both his fine art and commercial output, this exhibition presents the first serious survey of his work as a painter. It provides a sustained analysis of the artist's relationship to the traditions of Japanese painting and his ability to straddle high and low, ancient and modern, eastern and western, commercial and fine art. The exhibition also presents Murakami's work in relation to folklore and pop culture; the traditions of Nihonga, Japanese modern painting; the Tokyo art scene of the 1980s and 90s; and the threat of nuclear annihilation.