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Step Inside The Colourful World Of Takashi Murakami’s Tokyo Exhibitions

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1 of 19|“The 500 Arhats” Exhibition at the Mori Art Museum
2 of 19|“The 500 Arhats” Exhibition at the Mori Art Museum
3 of 19|“The 500 Arhats” Exhibition at the Mori Art Museum
4 of 19|“The 500 Arhats” Exhibition at the Mori Art Museum
5 of 19|“The 500 Arhats” Exhibition at the Mori Art Museum
6 of 19|“The 500 Arhats” Exhibition at the Mori Art Museum
7 of 19|“The 500 Arhats” Exhibition at the Mori Art Museum
8 of 19|“The 500 Arhats” Exhibition at the Mori Art Museum
9 of 19|“The 500 Arhats” Exhibition at the Mori Art Museum
10 of 19|“The 500 Arhats” Exhibition at the Mori Art Museum
11 of 19|“The 500 Arhats” Exhibition at the Mori Art Museum
12 of 19|“Ensō” Exhibition at Kaikai Kiki Gallery
13 of 19|“Ensō” Exhibition at Kaikai Kiki Gallery
14 of 19|“Ensō” Exhibition at Kaikai Kiki Gallery
15 of 19|“Ensō” Exhibition at Kaikai Kiki Gallery
16 of 19|“Ensō” Exhibition at Kaikai Kiki Gallery
17 of 19|“Ensō” Exhibition at Kaikai Kiki Gallery
18 of 19|“Ensō” Exhibition at Kaikai Kiki Gallery
19 of 19|“Ensō” Exhibition at Kaikai Kiki Gallery

The work of prolific Japanese artist Takashi Murakami has been called “cute,” “psychedelic,” “satirical” and “controversial,” amongst other things. His pieces mix Pop, anime and otaku culture with religious symbolism and vibrant colour – a style that has scored collaborations with the likes of Kanye, Pharrell and Louis Vuitton.

Currently, the artist has two exhibitions running in Tokyo. The Mori Art Museum’s “The 500 Arhats” is Murakami’s first major solo exhibition in Japan in 14 years. Fifty works are on display, including paintings, sculptures and videos. The undisputed highlight is a 100-metre installation that depicts Buddha’s 500 enlightened followers in a mesmerising psychedelic melange of bulging eyes and toothless grins.

Over at Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Murakami fans can take in the “Ensō” pop-up exhibition. The “Ensō” series explores the Zen Buddhist teaching of the same name, which encompasses themes of emptiness, unity and infinity. The exhibit is comprised of 18 unique renditions of the traditional circle motif, reinterpreted through Murakami’s modern lens and materials.

Those who can’t make the trip to Tokyo can get a peek inside the spectacular exhibits above.

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