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Murakami's altered ego

Art, Graphic Design

Posted by Mark Sinclair, 8 February 2012, 15:47    Permalink    Comments (10)

Takashi Murakami's new exhibition opens in Doha, Qatar tomorrow. Murakami-Ego features a huge collection of work, most of which will be hard to miss: there's a 100 metre long painting and a six metre high inflatable self-portrait...

The show at the Al Riwaq Exhibition Hall presents just about everything you'd want to see in a Murakami extravaganza, such as the multi-eyeballed mushrooms, the glossy 'superflat' paintings and the cheeky chappies in their bunny suits. A new work, Self-Portrait Balloon (shown above), greets visitors at the entrance to the exhibition.

But Murakami is unveiling a host of new work, including a vast canvas that runs the length of three walls in the main gallery space.

The piece is apparently a response to the recent natural disasters that have occurred in Japan. The overall theme for the show is "a dialogue with one's own ego," says Murakami.

And the graphic on the outside of the Al Riwaq Exhibition Hall is also rather nice, featuring a series of self-portraits.

Murakami Ego is on at the Al Riwaq Exhibition Hall, next to the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar, until 24 June.

More details at The Qatar Museums Authority's website, here.

10 Comments

he comes across a bit ego-centric.
bluepigcreative
2012-02-09 12:31:44


he's the most interesting artist of our time. I wish I could see that show. anybody sparing a flight ticket to Qatar?
Claire
2012-02-09 13:29:00


could you tell me what makes him THE most interesting artist of our time?
da
2012-02-09 23:22:35


amazing!
farhan
2012-02-11 15:02:56


The work is repeative to the point of being boring. Also, one has to think about the Damien Hirst/Jeff Koons aspect-who executed the work-the 'artist' or uncredited work assistants?
Mason Jahr
2012-02-12 23:04:06


The Qatar Museums Authority site is not the one you mentioned in the article. It is this one:
http://www.qma.org.qa/index.php/en/news/news-archive/421-takashi-murakami-launches-his-first-middle-east-exhibit-next-week
Yacine Hichri
2012-02-13 07:27:59


shame though none if his riskier work will be exhibited..
toof
2012-02-13 10:09:55


I think Takashi's work is both fascinating and mesmerising. A master of colour and scale as well as maximizing the potential of visual iconography. I guess he's a bit like marmite, but then I like marmite.
Luke Knight
2012-02-13 20:52:29


Quite a commercial show. There are better exhibitions to be found. Saw some good articles about Murakami's ego on http://www.mutualart.com , though I don't have the direct link. Just search his name there.
Alex Brand
2012-04-02 15:03:34


I went to see the exhibition last week in Doha - absolutely phenomenal.
Very emotional, provocative and inspiring.
Anna
2012-05-05 17:08:50


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