Takashi Murakami

One of the most acclaimed artists to emerge from postwar Asia, Takashi Murakami (b. 1962, Japan)—“the Warhol of Japan”—is known for his contemporary Pop synthesis of fine art and popular culture, particularly his use of a boldly graphic and colorful anime and manga cartoon style. Murakami became famous in the 1990s for his “Superflat” theory and for organizing the paradigmatic exhibition of that title, which linked the origins of contemporary Japanese visual culture to historical Japanese art. His output includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, animations, and collaborations with brands such as Louis Vuitton. “Japanese people accept that art and commerce will be blended; and in fact, they are surprised by the rigid and pretentious Western hierarchy of “high art’,” Murakami says. “In the West, it certainly is dangerous to blend the two because people will throw all sorts of stones. But that’s okay—I’m ready with my hard hat.”


Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, US

Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

Center for CUratorial Studies Museum, Bard College, New York, NY, US

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev, Ukraine

Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

Queensland Museum, Brisbane, Australia

Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Vanhaerents Art Collection, Brussels, Belgium

Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, France

Musée du sourire, Paris, France

Rosenblum Collection & Friends, Paris, France

Punta della Dogana - Francois Pinault Foundation, Venice, Italy

Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art - Kanazawa, Kanazawa, Japan

Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota Aichi, Japan MFA - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA, USA