Murakami’s altered ego

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

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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.

  • he comes across a bit ego-centric.

  • Claire

    he’s the most interesting artist of our time. I wish I could see that show. anybody sparing a flight ticket to Qatar?

  • da

    could you tell me what makes him THE most interesting artist of our time?

  • amazing!

  • Mason Jahr

    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?

  • 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

  • toof

    shame though none if his riskier work will be exhibited..

  • 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.

  • Alex Brand

    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.

  • Anna

    I went to see the exhibition last week in Doha – absolutely phenomenal.
    Very emotional, provocative and inspiring.