Murakami’s Flowers at Fabrik Contemporary Art Gallery
Fabrik Contemporary Art is pleased to present a group of works by Takashi Murakami. The exhibition will highlight works with Murakami’s recurring theme of flowers by exploring its evolution and significance merging his traditional Japanese training and background with contemporary culture. The exhibition will include works on print from Murakami’s ‘I love Prints And So I Make Them.’
Murakami began painting flowers when he was preparing for his entrance into the University of Fine Arts, Tokyo. After getting his PhD in Nihon-ga, a traditional Japanese style of painting in which flowers are a constant motif, he started to teach painting and drawing at a local preparatory school. In his own words, Murakami explains how flowers became a part of his oeuvre, ‘When I was preparing for the en- trance exams for the University of Fine Arts, I spent two years drawing flowers. I drew some every day. And the entrance exam in the Nihon-ga section also involved flower drawing. Afterwards, to earn a living, I spent nine years working in a preparatory school, where I taught the students to draw flowers. Once every two days, I would buy flowers for my lesson and make compositions for the students to work on. At the beginning, to be frank, I didn’t like flowers, but as I continued teaching in the school, my feelings changed: their smell, their shape – it all made me feel almost physically sick, and at the same time I found them very ‘cute’. Each one seems to have its own feelings, its own personality.’ (Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Takashi Murakami, Paris, 2002).
Murakami’s work has been shown extensively in group exhibitions around the world, and in one-person exhibitions at leading institutions such as Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain, Paris and the Serpentine Gallery, London (2002); Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2001; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2001). A comprehensive survey exhibition opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2007) and traveled to the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt and the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao (2008-9). Currently, his sculptural works are exhibited at the Palace of Versailles until December 2010.