Profile

Takashi Murakami is the originator of the “Superflat” Theory and the artist most associated with its tenets. After several years of high profile projects and exhibitions, his is a name that needs no introduction. He has helped scores of young artists make their professional debut under the banner of his art fair “GEISAI,” held annually in both Japan and Taiwan.

In 2007, a large scale retrospective of Murakami’s work entitled “© Murakami” opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. It toured various locations around the world for the next two years.

In September 2010, he held a major solo exhibition at France’s Palace of Versailles.

Career
1993 Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, P.h.D
1962 Born in Tokyo, Japan

Awards

Domestic
2008 GQ Men of the Year 2008 Awards
2006 11th AMD Awards, Prize of Recognition (Digital Contents of The Year’05)
Heisei 17 (56th) Educational Minister Rookie of the Year, Awarded by the Agency for Cultural Affairs for the Advancement of Art
2004 Les Compagnons du Beaujolais, Honorary Knighthood
Tag Heuer Business Award
2003 Special Award, 46th Japan Fashion Editor Club (FEC) Awards
International
2008 Time The Most Influential People In The World 100
2006 Best Thematic Museum Show in New York, AICA USA
2005 Japan Society Imajiné Award
1998 Visiting Professor, School of Art and Architecture, UCLA, Los Angeles
1994-95 Asian Cultural Council Fellowship, P.S.1 International Studio Program
Solo Exhibitions
2014 “ARHAT CYCLE” Palazzo Reale di Milano , Milano, Italy
2013 “Takashi in Superflat Wonderland” PLATEAU, Samsung Museum of Art , Seoul, Korea
“Solo Exhibition” Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Hong Kong
“ARHAT” Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
2012 “Flowers & Skulls” Gagosian Gallery, Hong Kong
“Murakami – Ego” Al Riwaq Exhibition Hall, Doha, Qatar
2011 “Solo Exhibition” Gagosian Gallery, London, England
2010 “Solo Exhibition” Gagosian Gallery, Rome, Italy
“MURAKAMI VERSAILLES” Palace of Versailles, Versailles, France
2009 “I Love Prints and So I Make Them” ARKI Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
“I Love Prints and So I Make Them” Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
“Takashi Murakami Paints Self Portraits” Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France
“©MURAKAMI” Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain
2008 “Davy Jone’s Tear,” Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
“©MURAKAMI”Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
2007 “©MURAKAMI” Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
“Tranquility of the heart, torment of the flesh ― open wide the eye of the heart, and nothing is invisible” Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY