The exhibition at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art was the first major survey of Takashi Murakami's work in Russia and spanned several periods of the artist’s career from the mid-1990s to now. Presenting his work in the broader context of Japanese culture for the first time, the exhibition paid homage to Murakami’s long-term project to creatively unite and question Eastern and Western traditions.
Consisting of five sections that each explored a particular phenomenon in Japanese culture which had been formally or semantically examined by Murakami, the show revealed the artist’s inquiries into the nuanced facets of Japanese culture and public consciousness, blurring the line between high and low culture while merging various media into one continuous flow of images.
As well as paintings, drawings, and films by Murakami from public and private collections, the exhibition featured eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Japanese engravings and paintings from the collections of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts and the State Museum of Oriental Art, both in Moscow. Developed in close collaboration with the artist, the project—which includes a number of new works—transformed the Museum into a Murakami universe.
A Russian-language catalogue was published on the occasion of the exhibition, the first comprehensive publication on the artist in Russian.
Image courtesy of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, ©Takashi Murakami / Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd.
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