Takashi Murakami: The 500 Arhats, at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo

 

Following several successful international exhibitions, Japanese artist, Takashi Murakami, recently unveiled his latest solo exhibition 'Takashi Murakami: The 500 Arhats' at the Mori Art Museum in his home town of Tokyo. 

Created in 2012, in response to the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, the 3 meter high, 100 meter long painting of the 500 Arhats, is one of the largest paintings ever produced in global art history. This exhibition originally started in Doha, as a gratitude to the nation of Qatar, one of the first nations to offer aid following the catastrophe and will also feature a number of new works. 

The four gigantic pieces  are named after the legendary Chinese guardians of the 4 celestial directions: North - Black Tortoise, South - Vermilion Bird, East - Blue Dragon, West White Tiger. Combining themes of 'otaku'(anime & manga) culture with traditional Japanese art, the latest works continues in the 'Superflat' art movement for which Murakami is credited with founding.  

'Through the showing of Murakami's magnum opus and other recent works, will offer an opportunity to examine the role of art and religion in facing social turmoil and human morality.'


Takashi Murakami: The 500 Arhats
Exhibition Period: Oct 31, 2015 - March 6, 2016
Organizer: Mori Art Museum

53F Roppongi Hills Mori Tower,
6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku,
Tokyo, Japan