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Takashi Murakami’s Unique Sculpture Inochi Makes its Japan Debut

Takashi Murakami’s Unique Sculpture Inochi Makes its Japan Debut

One of Takashi Murakami’s signature works, Inochi was shown to the public for the first time in LA in 2004, and followed with a tour through Europe. The sculpture was inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s original designs for the movie A.I., and is based on the motif of the robot child, asking questions of its viewers like: “What is the future of human beauty? In a nation like Japan that exceeds in building robots, what features define the human form?” Over 6 years in the making, this extraordinary sculpture represents the combined efforts of several talented individuals; in all, as many as 70 craftsmen took part in its production.


This new exhibition of the work at the Kaikai Kiki Gallery in Tokyo is being held to commemorate the release of a line of action figures which recreate the sculpture with great precision. In addition to the sculpture itself, the exhibition will also include Project Inochi, a series of artworks from other mediums, including film, that aim to elaborate on the mythology and surrounding universe of the title character.
Inochi was completed after several years of spirited interaction between Murakami and his collaborators, including the uniquely gifted robot designer Eisaku Kito whose work can also be seen in the movie Innocence, the model company Lucky Wide who provided the mold and are long-time collaborators on Murakami’s sculptures, and Cinq Art who applied the paint. The latter two companies assigned the project to their ace staff, with the molding at Lucky Wide being carried out by Hiroki Iijima and painting at Cinq Art overseen by Koji Miki. A future project will also see Kaiyodo introduce a miniature Inochi to the lineup of figures that compose the Superflat Museum collectibles, and sales of the Inochi action figure are being assisted by Medicom Toy’s Narue Oka.

The Scuplture’s Unique “Advertising Campaign”

For the duration of the 2004 exhibition, the scale of the Inochi project was further widened with the creation of a unique short film, shot to resemble a TV commercial. The film was created by Shingata, one of Japan’s leading advertising firms, and directed by Hideaki Hosono, who recently debuted in movie theaters with Donju. Photography for the posters was done by cutting edge photographers Mikiya Takimoto and Miwa Tosaki.


Regarding the Action Figures

Fashioned with an astounding attention to detail by MEDICOM TOY, one of the world’s top producers of action figures, the Inochi figure is a small-scale replica of the original sculpture. Just as its larger counterpart was subject to over six years of work before reaching completion, the action figure has been in planning for nearly three years. The result showcases a level of perfection that exceeds that of a mere toy and accords it the status of a work of art. The action figure also comes with costuming, in the form of Inochi’s school uniform and book bag, both of which are removable. The action figures will come in 5 colors, identical to those worn by the original, and will also be available as a special set of 5.

Every figure is a limited edition work, with each single color edition carrying the number ED200 and the set of five carrying the number ED25. All will, of course, be personally signed by Takashi Murakami. A limited number of the figures will be available for sale during the exhibition .
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