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The Premiere of the Takashi Murakami Exhibition “inochi” has Finally Arrived

The Premiere of the Takashi Murakami Exhibition “inochi” has Finally Arrived

Based on Stanley Kubrick’s early plans for the movie “A.I.”, Takashi Murakami’s sculpture “inochi” debuted in LA in 2004 and followed with a tour through Europe. inochi is based on the motif of the robot child and asks questions of its audience like “what will be the human beauty of the future?” “In a country like Japan which excels in the development of robots, what defines the human form?” To celebrate the release of an exquisitely produced action figure replica of the sculpture, the Kaikai Kiki Gallery will be displaying the work in a new self-titled exhibition. In addition to the sculpture itself, this 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. We are happy to announce that the exhibition’s premiere is fast approaching.

©2004 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

News 1: The inochi action figure – now on sale

Fashioned with an astounding attention to detail, the inochi action figure is a small-scale replica of the original sculpture, created by world renowned toy manufacturer Medicom Toy. Like its larger counterpart, which was subject to over six years of work before reaching completion, the action figure has been in planning for nearly three years. The result features a level of perfection that exceeds that of a mere toy and accords it the status of a work of art. The figure also comes with costuming, in the form of inochi’s school uniform and rucksack, both of which are removable. Each figure will be available with costumes in 5 colors, identical to those worn by the original, and also as a special set of 5.

The figures were produced in separate limited editions of 200 each and all, of course, are personally autographed by Takashi Murakami.
Prices are set according to edition number, with numbers up to ED120 valued at 150,000 yen (approximately $1500).
A select number of the figures are scheduled to be on sale at the exhibition venue.
※Further details will be made available on this site at a later date.

©2009 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

News 2: Katsuo Mizuguchi x Naruhiro Gonpa x Takashi Murakami – Live Talk

The original 2004 premiere of the inochi exhibition in LA featured a number of new and unique elements - namely, a 15 second commercial film and a photographic work in the form of a Size B poster. These specially prepared items were provided as an “advertising campaign” by the Japanese advertising firm Shingata. To celebrate the opening of the new exhibition, we’ve asked Shingata’s Katsuo Mizuguchi and Naruhiro Gonpa to join us for a live talk.

They will be there to give us their thoughts on how they tackled the presentation of this unique “Advertising Art” project.
It may also be your chance to hear behind the scenes stories from the advertising industry that you won’t get anywhere else.

■Dates:4/8(Wednesday)19:00-20:30 @Kaikai Kiki Gallery
■Entrance Fee:Free
■Reservations:Spacing is available for 50 people (First come, first serve)
※Tickets will be distributed at the Kaikai Kiki Gallery from 17:00 on the day of the event.

Footage for the commercial was directed by Hideaki Hosono, who in addition to being a member of Japan’s leading advertising firm, Shingata, recently debuted in movie theaters with Donju. Photography for the posters was done by cutting edge photographers Mikiya Takimoto and Miwa Tosaki. In both cases, their efforts helped widen the scale of the project.




<Solo Exhibition Details>
□Takashi Murakami 「inochi」 @Kaikai Kiki Gallery
□Duration:Friday April 3, 2009 〜 Thursday, April 16
□Hours:Open: Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00-19:00 / Closed:Sunday, Monday
□Venue:Kaikai Kiki Gallery

Motoazabu Crest Bldg., B1F, 2-3-30 Motoazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo