Murakami Takashi's Show is One to Look Forward to in 2015

By Zoe Li
The 500 Arhats 2012 Acrylic on canvas mounted on board 302 × 10,000 cm 
Private collectionInstallation view: "Murakami - Ego," Al Riwaq Exhibition Hall, Doha, 2012 
JAPAN---“Murakami Takashi: The 500 Arhats" at the Mori Art Museum, October 31, 2015–March 6, 2016 Darling of the international contemporary art world and a frequent collaborator of fashion houses and pop stars, Takashi Murakami has toured the world with his "Superflat" paintings (see "Takashi Murakami Enters His Skull Period at Gagosian"). Now the artist returns to his native Japan for his first large-scale solo exhibition there in 14 years. The central feature of the show is the work The 500 Arhats (2012), a three-meter-tall, 100-meter-long painting of 500 enlightened followers (Arhats) of Buddha. Murakami created the work in response to the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. Several large sculptures and abstract paintings will also be on display. [link]