david shrigley and yoshitomo nara in ‘takashi murakami’s superflat collection’ at yokohama museum of art, japan

30 January 2016
This exhibition is the first large-scale public showing of the renowned contemporary Japanese artist Takashi Murakami's private collection. Centred around contemporary art, the collection and exhibition includes David Shrigley's ‘Life Model', 2012 and Yoshitomo Nara's 'Light My Fire', 2001.

Murakami (b. 1962) received the first Ph.D in Nihonga to be granted by the Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School of Fine Arts and has since come to be known worldwide for his polished works blending contemporary art and traditional Japanese painting, high culture and pop culture, East and West. He has held solo exhibitions at prestigious museums around the world.

While energetically pursuing his creativity as an artist, Murakami has also been active as a curator, gallerist, and producer. In recent years, in particular, he has become an avid collector, acquiring a wide variety of artworks in and out of Japan with a perceptive eye and unique aesthetic sensibility. His collection, while loosely focused on contemporary art, includes old Japanese and Asian artifacts, European antiques, contemporary pottery, and folk art and crafts. Murakami's guiding concept of Superflat not only refers to formal aspects he identifies with Japanese art, such as flatness of the picture plane and decorativeness, but also extends to a view of art that rejects hierarchical divisions between different artistic genres or eras and frees artistic activities from definitional boundaries.

The exhibition runs from 30 January until 3 April 2016.

David Shrigley and Yoshitomo Nara at Yokohama Museum of Art