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Art July, 25 2014

A Look Inside Takashi Murakami’s “Arhat Cycle” Exhibition at Palazzo Reale

Internationally renowned Japanese artist, founder of the so-called “Superflat Movement,” and general curator of the strange, Takashi Murakami has just opened his first solo exhibition in four years at Venice’s Palazzo Reale (although he did feature in Pharrell’s “G I R L” show in Paris earlier this year). Beginning with his Oval Budha Silver sculpture, the new exhibition moves on to several of his oversized Arhat works, which depict ancient Japanese monks contemplating the idea of death and were inspired by the devastating 2011 earthquake in the country. These are then followed up by a series of self-portraits, all bearing Murakami’s uniquely psychedelic hallmark that cuts a stark contrast with the ancient walls of the palace around them.

To coincide with the occasion, select cinemas in Milan will be screening Jellyfish Eyes, Murakami’s long-awaited and suitably bizarre debut film. Watch him talk all about it here or for more information on visiting the Palazzo Reale, check out the official website.

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