Takashi Murakami

Artist plays mind games with viewers

Red Demon and Blue Demon with 48 Arhats. Photos: Takashi Murakami, Blum & Poe

Dominating one of the spacious white-walled galleries at Blum & Poe in Los Angeles is a towering, glittering, gold sculpture: swirling flames emanate from a vast skull, the cavernous eye sockets occupied by smaller skulls, the whole effect like that of a gilded alien cadaver in a hurricane.

Sunday, 5 May, 2013, 3:59pm

Social rules can unlock 'hidden youth'

Takashi Murakami says parents must step up. Photo: Edward Wong

Parents are the key to combating the antisocial and sometimes violent behaviour of young dropouts - dubbed "hidden youth" or otaku - says the artist whose work drew international attention to the phenomenon.

30 Mar 2013 - 4:28am

Super powered

Takashi Murakami with some of his work in the Gagosian Gallery, Central. Photo: Edward Wong/© Takashi MurakamiKaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Japan's most successful commercial artist, Takashi Murakami, has brought his 'Flowers & Skulls' exhibition to Central, as a gift to the people of Hong Kong, writes Fionualla McHugh.

15 Dec 2012 - 11:20pm 1 comment

Night to paint the town for art lovers

To celebrate the opening of ART HK 10, Gagosian Gallery hosted a dinner at the Grand Hyatt hotel on May 27 that attracted key players in the art world. World-class work was on view, including paintings by Takashi Murakami, Richard Prince and Ed Ruscha. Enjoying the evening were Yves Burger, Mimi Brown, Nick Taylor and Richard Chun.

8 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Rare artworks make Asian debut

Art and fashion lovers are in for a treat this month as several fashion-related exhibitions from London and Paris come to town. One of the exhibitions is Louis Vuitton: A Passion for Creation.

9 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Louis Vuitton: A Passion for Creation

Louis Vuitton: A Passion for Creation

Hong Kong Museum of Art

2 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

The art of compromise

Louis Vuitton: A Passion for Creation is the biggest museum exhibition this year - and potentially the most problematic.

24 May 2009 - 12:00am

Q&A: Lucien Pellat-Finet

Have you always wanted to be a designer?

29 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Surprise donation from mainland artist boosts annual fund-raiser

In these tough times, it's always nice to have supportive friends. Asia Art Archive and its executive director, Claire Hsu-Vuchot, received a nice surprise recently.

21 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Evening sale puts modern Asian art on the market

Sotheby's will hold an evening sale of contemporary Asian art for the first time during the autumn auctions. Curated by a global team of specialists, the sale will feature 47 artworks from renowned artists from China, Japan, South Korea, India and Southeast Asia.

2 Oct 2008 - 12:00am


Prints, including Jellyfish Eyes (right), and canvases by Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. The show also includes works by members of Murakami's Kaikai Kiki company. Today, noon-7pm, Fabrik Contemporary Art, 412 Yip Fung Building, 2-18 D'Aguilar St, Lan Kwai Fong. Inquiries: 2521 4911. Ends today

30 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Another bite at the cherry

To a certain part of the population, Takashi Murakami is the guy who put cherry blossom prints on the Louis Vuitton monogram canvas - and in doing so created a sensation.

But for others, Murakami is a contemporary art legend, perhaps the most renowned artist in Japan, whose work can't be forgotten, much less replicated.

9 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Mori takes the nation's pulse

Surely it's time the international art world toasted the magnificent cultural conceits of Keiichi Ikemizu, who built a pyramid of logs on top of a mountain to capture a 'thunder demon', then waited a decade for lightning to strike. Ikemizu once walked from Kyoto to Osaka with a dozen sheep in a bid to challenge the boundaries between performer and spectator.

21 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

World Beat

What's going on around the globe

For all their colourful girlishness, there's something disturbing about the works of Aya Takano, a young Japanese artist who has just held her first solo US exhibition, at the Blum & Poe gallery in Los Angeles.

29 May 2005 - 12:00am

Ball games

His colourful Louis Vuitton bags sparked a shopping frenzy among fans of the monogrammed totes. Now Japanese artist Takashi Murakami has expanded his repertoire by entering the sports arena. The artist's limited-edition Flowerball, which features Murakami's signature cartoon-like flower motifs, will be on the wish-list of art lovers, if not football fans.

28 Mar 2004 - 12:00am