When I manage to snatch the tail of an idea, I must then transport a fragment of it to a completely different region of my brain . . . Once a deadline is met, that region can relax, so I graft the new idea onto that relaxed region in order to nurture and grow it. This is the process I endlessly repeat, and as such, I can never see the end of it; each day of unease is followed by another, and only for a moment when a project is complete do I get to experience a modicum of liberation. As a distant result of such a thankless, humorless repetition, interesting works get made. — Takashi Murakami
Murakami seamlessly blends commercial imagery, anime, manga, and traditional Japanese styles and subjects, revealing the themes and questions that connect past and present, East and West, technology and fantasy. His paintings, sculptures, and films are populated by repeated motifs and evolving characters of his own creation. Together with dystopian themes and contemporary references, he revitalizes narratives of transcendence in continuation of the nonconformist legacy of a group of eighteenth-century Japanese artists known as the Edo eccentrics.
Takashi Murakami was born in 1962 in Tokyo, where he lives and works.
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TAKASHI MURAKAMI村上隆 Change the Rule! 改變規則！
Opening reception: Thursday, September 20, 6–8pm
Exhibition Dates: September 20–November 10, 2018
2018 年 9月 20日至11月10日
Gagosian Hong Kong
7/F Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central