Takashi Murakami: The 500 Arhats

Mori Art Museum

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[Image: Takashi Murakami "The 500 Arhats" © 2012 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.]

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Takashi Murakami is known as one of the most internationally acclaimed contemporary artists working today. In addition to his retrospective, which began at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and later traveled to prominent museums around the world, he has held large-scale installations in a number of venues such as the Palace of Versailles and the Rockefeller Center, astounding the global audience with the massive scale and polished quality of the works. In this long-awaited solo exhibition in Japan, Murakami’s 100-meter-long painting, The 500 Arhats, one of the largest paintings ever produced in global art history, will be shown in Japan for the first time. The work was created as a token of gratitude to the nation of Qatar, one of the first to offer assistance in the wake of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, and was unveiled in Doha in 2012. The exhibition will comprise The 500 Arhats and a number of new works in which he continues to offer up new challenges to the history of contemporary art. This exhibition will be an opportunity to encounter Murakami as a mature artist working with astonishing scale, energy, and artistic accomplishment.

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Talk Session “Japan / Stories / Realism”
* Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation available
Admission: 1000 yen
Venue: Academy Hills - Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 49F
Speaker: Yoshiyuki Tomino
Moderator: Takashi Murakami
Leading Japanese anime director Yoshiyuki Tomino, whose work includes films in the Gundam series such as Mobile Suit Gundam and Gundam Reconguista in G, as well as Space Runaway Ideon and others, will join Takashi Murakami for a discussion based mainly on various keywords.

Movie Jellyfish Eyes Screening + Talk * Conducted in Japanese
A special screening of Takashi Murakami’s 2013 directorial debut Jellyfish Eyes to coincide with the exhibition. Following the screening, actor Saito Takumi, the film’s cast member, will join Takashi Murakami to talk about the movie, its production process, and more.
Speaker: Saito Takumi (Actor)
Discussant: Takashi Murakami
Date & Time:
19:00-22:00, Saturday, November 14, 2015 (Doors open: 18:30)
19:00- Screening of Jellyfish Eyes
21:00- Talk
Venue: Auditorium, Mori Art Museum (53F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower)
Capacity: 100(booking required)
Admission: Free(exhibition ticket required)

Talk Session “Piquant! Discussion on Japanese Art” * Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation available
Takashi Murakami is part of a long lineage of “eccentric” artists in Japanese art history. For this event Murakami is joined by art historian Tsuji Nobuo, a driving force of today’s Japanese art boom and one of the first to celebrate eccentric painters in Japanese art history such as Ito Jakuchu and Soga Shohaku, to discuss the realm of Murakami’s works as well as the allure and future of Japanese art.
Speakers: Tsuji Nobuo (Art historian), Takashi Murakami
Moderator: Miki Akiko (Curator of the “Takashi Murakami: The 500 Arhats” exhibition)
Date & Time: 14:00-16:00, Sunday, November 15 (Doors open: 13:30)
Venue: Academyhills (49F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower)
Capacity: 150 (booking required)
Admission: General \1,000 / MAMC members free

Talk Session “Rethinking Japanese Monozukuri (Manufacturing)” * Conducted in Japanese
The heads of Kaiyodo, Kurotani Bijutsu, and Lucky Wide, companies that produce Murakami’s sculptures, come together to discuss Japanese manufacturing and Murakami’s works, touching also on their companies and personal histories.
Speakers: Nishida Yoshiharu (Deputy Marketing Manager, Kurotani Bijutsu), Miyawaki Shuichi (President Kaiyodo Co., Ltd.), Yoshizawa Hirohisa (President, Lucky Wide Co., Ltd.), Takashi Murakami, A staff member of Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd.
Date & Time: 14:00-17:00, Saturday, December 12, 2015 (Doors open: 13:30)
Venue: Auditorium, Mori Art Museum (53F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower)
Capacity: 100 (booking required)
Admission: Free (exhibition ticket required)

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Schedule

from October 31, 2015 to March 06, 2016
Closed at 19:00 on Tuesday. Open 8:00–25:00 on March 4th and 5th. Open at 8:00 on March 6th.

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