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Takashi Murakami

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Born in Tokyo, 1962.  Artist.  Kaikai Kiki Representative.
His main solo shows include “Summon monsters? Open the door? Heal? Or die?” (2001, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo) and “Kaikai Kiki: Takashi Murakami” (2002, fondation Cartier, Paris).
His work is diverse and prolific; ranging from the coordination of GEISAI, collaborations with Roppongi Hills, Louis Vuitton, and Yuzu, as well as television and commercial appearances.
In 2007 he held a large-scale retrospective installation at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.

Exhibition History

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1993 Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, P.h.D
1988 Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, M.F.A.
1986 Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, B.F.A.
1962 Born in Tokyo, Japan

GRANTS AND AWARDS

2006
Heisei 17 (56th) Educational Minister Rookie of the Year, Awarded by the Agency for Cultural Affairs for the Advancement of Art
Best Thematic Museum Show in New York, AICA USA
11th AMD Awards, Prize of Recognition
2005
Japan Society Imajiné Award
2004
Les Compagnons du Beaujolais, Honorary Knighthood
Tag Heuer Business Award
2003
Special Award, 46th Japan Fashion Editor Club (FEC) Awards
1998
Visiting Professor, School of Art and Architecture, UCLA, Los Angeles
1994-95
Asian Cultural Council Fellowship, P.S.1 International Studio Program
Solo Exhibitions
2009 Gagosian Gallery, London, England
2008 Installation at Design Miami, Miami, FL
Takashi Murakami: Prints "My First Art" Series, Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo
“Davy Jone’s Tear,” Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
“Oval Buddha at IBM Building,” IBM Building, New York, NY
2007 "©MURAKAMI," Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
"Tranquility of the heart, torment of the flesh — open wide the eye of the heart, and nothing is invisible," Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY
2006 "The Pressure Point of Painting," Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France
2005 "Kaikai Kiki Exhibition," Aoi Gallery, Osaka, Japan
"Takashi Murakami Print show" Mizuho Oshiro Gallery, Kagoshima, Japan
“T1: Takashi Murakami," Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy
Installation at Roppongi Hills, Tokyo, Japan
2004 “Inochi," Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
“Satoeri Ko² Chan," Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2003 “Reversed Double Helix," Rockefeller Center, New York, NY
“Superflat Monogram," Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
“Superflat Monogram," Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France
2002 “Kaikai Kiki: Takashi Murakami," Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, France; Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
2001 “Summon monsters? Open the door? Heal? Or die?" Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
“Takashi Murakami: Made in Japan," Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
“WINK," Grand Central Station, New York, NY
“Mushroom," Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
“Kaikai Kiki," Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France
2000 “Second Mission Project Ko²," P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY
“Kaikai Kiki: SUPERFLAT," ISSEY MIYAKE MEN, Tokyo, Japan
“727," Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, CA
1999 “The Meaning of the Nonsense of the Meaning," Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies Museum, curated by Amada Cruz and Dana Friis-Hansen, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (cat.)
“Love & DOB," Gallery KOTO, Okayama, Japan
“Superflat," Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
“Dob’s Adventures in Wonderland," Parco Dept. Store Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
“PATRON," Marunuma Art Park, Asaka, Japan
1998 “Moreover, DOB Raise His Hand," Sagacho bis, Tokyo, Japan
“Back Beat: Superflat," Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
“Back Beat," Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, CA
“Hiropon Project KoKo - Pity Sakurako Jet Airplane Nos. 1-6," Feature Inc., New York, NY
1997 Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, CA
Gallery KOTO, Okayama, Japan
“The Other Side of a Flash of Light," HAP Art Space, Hiroshima, Japan
Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France
New York State University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
1996 “A Very Merry Unbirthday, To You, To Me!," Ginza Komatsu, Tokyo, Japan
“7272," Aoi Gallery, Osaka, Japan
“Konichiwa, Mr. DOB," Kirin Art Plaza, Osaka, Japan
“727," Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Gallery Koto, Okayama, Japan
Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, NY
Feature Inc., New York, NY
1995 “Mr. Doomsday Balloon," Yngtingagatan 1, Stockholm, Sweden
“Crazy Z," SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo, Japan
Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France
“NIJI," Gallery Koto, Okayama, Japan
1994 “Fujisan," Gallery Koto, Okayama, Japan
“Which is Tomorrow?—Fall in Love," SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo, Japan
“Azami, Kikyou, Ominaeshi," Aoi Gallery, Osaka, Japan
1993 Nasubi Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
“A Very Merry Unbirthday!," Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan
“A Romantic Evening," Gallery Cellar, Nagoya, Japan
1992 “Wild, Wild," Rontgen Kunst Institut, Tokyo, Japan
1991 “Master’s Thesis Show," Art Gallery at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Tokyo, Japan
Aoi Gallery, Osaka, Japan
“One Night Exhibition 8.23," Rontgen Kunst Institut, Tokyo, Japan
“Takashi Tamiya," Gallery Aires, Tokyo, Japan
“I Am Against Being for It," Gallery Hosomi Contemporary, Tokyo, Japan
1989 “Takashi Murakami: New Works," Café Tiens! Tokyo, Japan
“Exhibition L'Espoir: Takashi Murakami,"Gallery Ginza Surugadai, Tokyo, Japan
Group Exhibitions
2009 “Sold Out: The Artist in the Age of Pop,” Tate Modern, London, England
“Mapping the Studio,” Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy
“VRAOUM!,” La Maison Rouge, Paris, France
“Louis Vuitton and the Passion for Creation,” Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
“Hong Kong Art Fair,” Hong Kong
“Un Certain État du Monde? A Selection of Works From Francois Pinault Foundation Collection,” Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia

2008 “For What You Are About to Receive,” Gagosian Gallery, Moscow, Russia
“Encounters,” Pace Beijing, Beijing
“Agency: Art and Advertising,” McDonough Museum of Art, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH
"Kaikai Kiki Artists," Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2007 "Red Hot: Contemporary Asian Art Rising," Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
"Comic Abstraction," Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
"Jellyfish Eyes," Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
"My 2007," Colette, Paris, France
2006 "Selections from the Logan Collection," Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Denver, CO
"Surprise, Surprise," Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
"Where are we going? Selections from the François Pinault Collection," Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy
"Infinite Paintings," Villa Manin Contemporary Art Center, Udine, Italy
"Sellout," Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
"Dragon Veins," USFC Museum of Tampa, Tampa, Florida
"Off the Shelf," The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, New York, NY
"Limited/Unlimited," 34 Long Fine Arts, Cape Town, South Africa
"Spank the Monkey," Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK
"The Francois-Pinault Collection, a Post-Pop Selection," Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy
"Mass Production: Artists' Multiples and the Marketplace," Myers School of Art, University of Akron, Akron, OH
2005 “Post and After", Brandeis University Rose Museum, Boston, MA
“Japan POP," Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
“Ecstasy: In and About Altered States," Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
“Fairy Tales Forever," ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark
“POPulance," University of Houston, Houston, TX; Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH; Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC
“Moving Energies," Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
“Translation," Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
“Little Boy: The Arts of Japan’s Exploding Subculture," Japan Society, New York, NY (cat.)
“Colours and Trips," Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz, Austria; Museum der Stadt Ratingen, Ratingen, Germany
Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France
2004 Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Miami, FL
“Funny Cuts," Stuttgart Museum, Stuttgart, Germany (cat.)
“Liverpool Biennial’s International 04 Exhibition," Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
“Monument to Now: The Dakis Joannou Collection," Deste Foundation, Athens, Greece
“Modern Means: Continuity and Change in Art from 1880 to the Present," Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
“Floating Worlds," Beacon Cultural Foundation, Beacon, NY
“Optimo: Manifestations of Optimism in Contemporary Art," Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX
“Walker without Walls," Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
2003 “Popular, Pop, and Post-pop," Philadephia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Inaugural Exhibition, Mori Art Center, Tokyo, Japan
“Splat Boom Pow! The Influence of Cartoons in Contemporary Art," Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
“Supernova: Art of the 1990s from the Logan Collection," San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
“Pittura / Painting: Rauschenberg to Murakami, 1964-2003," Museo Correr, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
“On the Wall: Wallpaper and Tableau," Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI; The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA
“Painting Pictures: Painting and Media in the Digital Age," Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany (cat.)
“Comic Release: Negotiating Identity for a New Generation," Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA (cat.)
“Pulp Art: Vamps Villains and Victors from the Robert Lesser Collection," Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
2002 “Drawing Now: Eight Propositions," Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
“POPJack: Warhol to Murakami," Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Denver, CO
“The Uncanny: Experiments in Cyborg Culture," Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
“The Japanese Experience – Inevitable," Das Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria
“Reality Check: Painting in the Exploded Field," CCAC Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA
“Chiho Aoshima, Mr., Takashi Murakami, Aya Takano," Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France
“Out of the Box: 20th-Century Print Portfolios," Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
2001 “Made in Asia?" Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, NC
“Form Follows Fiction," Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Torino, Italy (curated by
Jeffrey Deitch)
“Mr., Tam Ochiai, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Yoshitomo Nara, Takashi Murakami, Masahiko Kuwahara," Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK
“Murakami/Nara," Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
“Un art populaire," Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, France
“Casino 2001," 1st Quadrennial of Contemporary Art, Stedelijk Museum Voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium
“Beau Monde: Toward a Redeemed Cosmopolitanism," Site Santa Fe Fourth International Biennial, Santa Fe, NM (curated by Dave Hickey)
“JAM: Tokyo London," Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK
“Public Offerings," Museum of Contemporary Art (LA MOCA), Los Angeles, CA (curated by
Paul Schimmel, cat.)
“Painting at the Edge of the World," Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (traveling exhibition curated by Douglas Fogle, cat.)
“My Reality: The Culture of Anime," Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA (curated by Jeff Fleming, cat.)
“Superflat," Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, CA; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
“Under Pressure," Swiss Institute, New York, NY
2000 Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
“The Darker Side of Playland: Childhood Imagery from the Logan Collection," San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
“After Dreams," Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Germany; Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, Switzerland
“Gendai," Center for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland
“Twisted: Urban and Visionary Landscapes in Contemporary Painting," Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (catalogue)
“Pleasure Zone," Migros Museum, Zurich, Switzerland
“’00," Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY
“Balls," James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY
“Superflat," Parco Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (curated by Takashi Murakami)
“Let’s Entertain," Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (curated by Phillipe Vergne, travels to: Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico; St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO, cat.)
“Partage D’exotismes," 5e Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France
“Continental Shift," Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany
“One Heart, One World" United Nations, New York, NY
“Murakami-Manetas," NewSantandrea, Savona, Italy; Pinksummer, Genova, Italy
1999 “LEGO DELUXE-LEG EXHIBITION," Shibuya Parco, Tokyo, Japan
“Ground Zero Japan," Contemporary Art Center, Ibaraki, Japan
“The 53rd Carnegie International 1999/2000," Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA (curated by Madeline Grynsztein, cat.)
“Almost Warm and Fuzzy," Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA (travels)
“Balloon Art Festival," Shizuoka Prefectural Convention & Art Center, Shizuoka, Japan
“Japan Zero Era," Mito Art Tower, Mito, Japan
“PLEASURE DOME," Jessica Fredericks Gallery, New York, NY
“New Modernism for a New Millennium: Works by Contemporary Asian Artists from the Logan Collection," San Fransisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA (cat.)
“Color Me Blind! Painting in times of comics and computer games," Wüttembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany; Städtische Ausstellungshalle am Hawerkamp, Münster, Germany; Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, Scotland
“Painting for Joy: New Japanese Painting in 1990s," The Japan Foundation Forum, Tokyo, Japan
1998 “Ero Pop Tokyo," George’s, Los Angeles, CA
“Tastes and Pursuits: Japanese Art in the 1990s," National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, India
“Abstract Painting, Once Removed,2 Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, Houston, TX
“Ero Pop Christmas," NADiff, Tokyo, Japan
“50 Years of Japanese Lifestyle Postwar Fashion & Design," Ustunomiya Museum of Art, Ibaraki, Japan
“Biennale d’art Contemporain de Noumea," Noumea, New Caledonia
“The MANGA Age," Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan
“Donaiyanen! Et maintenant! La Creation Contemporaine au Japon," Ecole nationale superieure des beaux-arts, Paris, France
“Art is Fun 9: Hand Craft and Time Craft," Hara Museum Arc, Gunma, Japan
“Pop Surrealism," The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
“People, Places, Things," Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
“FLUFFY," Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Canada; Musee d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France; PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY; Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark; Hayword Gallery, London; Museum of Modern Art, Helsinki, Finland
1997 "The 33rd 'Artists Today' Exhibition: Singularity in Plurality," Yokohama Citizens' Gallery, Kanagawa, Japan
"Japan Today: Kunst, Fotographie, Design," MAK-Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria
"Need for Speed," Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, Austria
"Japanese Contemporary Art Exhibition," National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
"Hiropon Show '97," Shop 33, Tokyo, Japan
"Cities on the Move," Weiner Secession, Vienna, Austria (curated by Hans-Ulrich Obrist); Musee d'Art Contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY
"Flying Buttress Please," Torch Gallery, Amsterdam
"Super Body," Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1996 “Romper Room," Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY
“Tokyo Pop," The Hiratsuka Museum of Art, Hiratsuka, Japan
“Ironic Fantasy," The Miyagi Museum of Art, Sendai, Japan
“The Time of the Pleasure of Art: Art for the Hearts of Children,” Isetan Museum, Tokyo, Japan
“The 39th Annual Yasui Prize Exhibition," Sezon Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
“Sharaku Interpreted by Japan’s Contemporary Artists," The Japan Foundation Forum, Tokyo, Japan
“Asia-Pacific Triennial 1996," Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
1995 "Incidental Alterations: P.S. 1 Studio Artists 1994-95," The Angel Orensanz Foundation, New York, NY
"Blind Beach," Art Space Hap, Hiroshima, Japan
"Transculture," 46th Venice Biennale, Venice (curated by Dana Friis-Hansen and Fumio Nanjo);
"Japan Today," Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark; Kunsternes Hus, Oslo, Norway; Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden; W?in? Aaltonen Museum of Art, Turku, Finland
"Cutting Up," Max Protech Gallery, New York, NY
"Transculture," Benesse House, Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum, Kagawa, Japan
1994 "Shinjuku Syonen Art," Shinjuku Kabukicho, Tokyo, Japan
"Lest We Forget: On Nostalgia," The Gallery at Takashimaya, New York, NY
VOCA '94, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan
"The Youthful Time of Japanese Nihon-ga Artists from Taikan and Shunso to DOB," Koriyama City Museum of Art, Fukushima, Japan
"Open Air '94, Out of bounds," Benesse House, Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum, Kagawa, Japan
"Artists in Yokohama 94," Yokohama Citizens' Gallery, Kanagawa, Japan
1993 "Malaria Art Show, Vol.1," February 1st Festival, Tokyo, Japan
"Artist's Shop '93," Sai Gallery, Osaka, Japan
"Malaria Art Show, Vol.4, Decorative," Tokyo, Japan
"Nakamura and Murakami: Nicaf '93," Aoi Gallery, Tokyo
"T, Japan he Ginburart," Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
"00 Collaboration," Sagacho Exhibit Space, Tokyo, Japan
"Art Today '93, Neo-Japanology," Sezon Museum of Modern Art, Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan
"Beyond Nihon-ga: An Aspect of Contemporary Japanese Paintings," Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
"The Exhibition for Exhibitions," Kyoto Shijo Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
1992 "Artist's Shop '92," Sai Gallery, Osaka, Japan
Mars Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
"Nicaf Artfair," Yokohama, Japan
"Floating Gallery Vol.1," Tsukishima Warehouse, Tokyo (curated by Ken Ikeda)
"1st Transart Annual Painting/Crossing," Bellini Hill Gallery, Yokohama, Japan
"Nakamura and Murakami," Space Ozone, Seoul, Korea
"Nakamura and Murakami," SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo, Japan
"Anomaly,"curated by Noi Sawaragi, Rontgen Kunst Institut, Tokyo, Japan
"Tama Vivant 92," Seed Hall, Shibuya Seibu, Tokyo, Japan
"Nakamura and Murakami," Metaria Square Hotel, Osaka, Japan
1991 “Jan Hoet in Tsurugi," Tsurugi-cho, Ishikawa, Japan
“Jan Hoet’s Vision," Art Gallery Artium, Fukuoka, Japan
1988 Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
“Graduation Exhibition," Tokyo National University of Fine Arts, Tokyo, Japan