Sat, Mar 11, 2017 - Sun, May 28
Renowned artist and art collector, curator, and gallerist Murakami Takashi is a man of many faces. “Murakami Takashi’s Superflat Consideration on Contemporary Ceramics” showcased over 1,800 works by 28 artists, all collected by Murakami himself. From the chanoyu tea ceremony of Rikyu to the more recent mingei folk art movement of Yanagi Soetsu, and from the ceramics of swanky department store galleries to those of littleknown craft fairs, Murakami’s unique relationship with pottery was laid bare for the audience in a journey into the history of ceramics that uncovered the value of Japanese ceramics, and the current state of aesthetics. The exhibition was also an important one for Towada Art Center as a museum that strives to showcase contemporary art in a broader, more inclusive context that interprets contemporary crafts as significant examples of art.
*Main photo image: Mikiya Takimoto
Takashi Murakami (Curator)
Born in 1962 in Tokyo, Murakami completed his doctoral work at Tokyo University of the Arts’ School of Fine Arts, becoming the first person at the university to earn a Ph.D. in Nihonga. He is the founder and president of Kaikai Kiki, an art production and management company. Murakami is one of today’s most internationally recognized contemporary artists. In 2008, Murakami was selected as one of TIME magazine’s “The 100 Most Influential People.” In addition to his solo exhibitions held in museums across the globe, Murakami is also known as a film director and producer of up-and-coming artists.
In 2015, Murakami held Takashi Murakami: The 500 Arhats at Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum, his first exhibition in his home country of Japan in 14 years. The following year he took the Japanese art world by storm at Yokohama Museum of Art with Takashi Murakami’s Superflat Collection ―From Shōhaku and Rosanjin to Anselm Kiefer―, an exhibition that showcased antiques and contemporary artworks from Murakami’s vast personal collection.
Masanobu Ando, Ryo Aoki, Chiho Aoshima, Tomoko Arakawa, Kazunori Hamana, Tetsuya Ishiyama, Hideto Kamiizumi, Naoki Koide, Aso Kojima, Klara Kristalova, Yukiharu Kumagai, Takuro Kuwata, Shoji Matsushita, Shigeyoshi Morioka, Yuji Muraki, Shin Murata, Yoshitomo Nara, Akio Nukaga, Atsushi Ogata, Teppei Ono, Gabriel Orozco, Otani Workshop, Shiro Shimizu, Rosemarie Trockel, Keiji Tsuruno, Yuji Ueda, Takayuki Watanabe, and Andro Wekua
Towada Art Center
9:00-17:00 (Last admission 30 minutes before closing)
Mondays (except for National Holidays, in which case the museum is open on the holiday and closed the following Tuesday)
*Open Monday, April 24, and Monday, May 1
Exhibition + Permanent Collection: 1,000 yen
Exhibition only: 600 yen
100 yen/ticket discount for groups of 20 or more
High school students and younger: Free
Towada Art Center
In Cooperation with
Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd.
Toshihiro Isomi / Transformer Inc.
To-o Nippo Press, The Daily-Tohoku Shimbun Inc., Aomori Broadcasting Cooperation, Aomori Television Broadcasting Co., Ltd., Asahi Broadcasting Aomori Co., Ltd., & Towada City Board of Education
Sat, Mar 11, 2017 10:30 - 16:30