Takashi Murakami Japan, born 1962 in Tokyo

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Takashi Murakami - Plate from the suite We Are the Jocular Clan
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Prints & Photographs | Bonhams Skinner
January 2023
Bonhams
Est.: 800 - 1.200 USD
Realised: 1.020 USD
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Takashi Murakami - Plate from the suite We Are the Jocular Clan
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Prints & Photographs | Bonhams Skinner
January 2023
Bonhams
Est.: 800 - 1.200 USD
Realised: 1.020 USD
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Takashi Murakami - Spiral; and Parallel Universe
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Evening & Day Editions
January 2023
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 1.000 - 1.500 GBP
Realised: 5.040 GBP
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Takashi Murakami - Homage to Francis Bacon (Study of Isabel Rawsthorne); and Homage to Francis Bacon (Study of George Dyer)
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Evening & Day Editions
January 2023
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 2.000 - 3.000 GBP
Realised: 6.300 GBP
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Takashi Murakami - Circus: Embrace Peace and Darkness with Thy Heart; Skulls and Flowers Multicolor; and Zero One
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Evening & Day Editions
January 2023
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 3.000 - 5.000 GBP
Realised: 6.048 GBP
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Takashi Murakami - We Are the Jocular Clan
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Evening & Day Editions
January 2023
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 5.000 - 7.000 GBP
Realised: 13.860 GBP
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Takashi Murakami - Reversal DNA
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Prints & Multiples | Live Online
January 2023
Bonhams
Est.: 1.000 - 1.500 USD
Realised: 1.530 USD
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Takashi Murakami - Kaikai-chan; & Kiki-chan (both Blue Eyes: Tonari no Zingaro Edition) (Set of Two)
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No Regrets: 20th/21st Century Art Online
December 2022
Christies, Hong Kong (Online Auction)
Est.: 8.000 - 12.000 HKD
Realised: 6.300 HKD
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Takashi Murakami - AND THEN Ichimatsu; & AND THEN Black
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No Regrets: 20th/21st Century Art Online
December 2022
Christies, Hong Kong (Online Auction)
Est.: 12.000 - 22.000 HKD
Realised: 10.080 HKD
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Takashi Murakami - And then x 6 (White: The Superflat Method, Blue and yellow ears) - 2013
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Contemporary Art
December 2022
Artcurial
Est.: 300.000 - 500.000 EUR
Realised: not sold
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Takashi Murakami - Plate 2, from We Are the Square Jocular Clan
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Deck the WallsPrints & Multiples
December 2022
Bonhams
Est.: 800 - 1.200 USD
Realised: 1.275 USD
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The artist Takashi Murakami

  • Contemporary Japanese artist of Pop Art.
  • Describes his art as Superflat - and founded an art movement with the same name in 1990.
  • His best-known works include the sculpture »My Lonesome Cowboy«.

Takashi Murakami, born on 01.02.1962 in Tokyo, Japan, is a Japanese painter, sculptor and designer. He studied traditional Japanese Nihonga painting at the Tokyo University of the Arts and graduated with a doctorate. In 1994, Murakami received a scholarship from the Asian Cultural Council and moved to New York City for a year to participate in MoMA PS1's international studio programme. During this time, he engaged with Western artists such as Anselm Kiefer and the simulationism of artists such as Jeff Koons. In 1998, he created his famous sculpture My Lonesome Cowboy - a naked anime figure with a blond hedgehog hairdo ejaculating a spiral trail of semen around himself. It is the counterpart to his 1997 sculpture Hiropon, also an anime-inspired figure with streams of breast milk flowing from its nipples. Both works reveal Murakami's love of otaku subculture and are associated with Superflat Art, an art movement he himself founded in the 1990s to criticise Japanese consumer culture.

In 2000, he published his Superflat Theory in the catalogue for the group exhibition Superflat. A year later he founded the company Kaikai Kiki Co., under which he mainly produces and markets his own art objects, but also merchandise and animated films, and represents young artists. In 2002, Murakami collaborated with the high-fashion label Louis Vuitton and designed handbags with cherry blossom decoration, which made him famous worldwide. This was followed by collaborations with pop culture icons, including US rapper Kanye West, whose CD cover he designed for the single Stronger and the album Graduation.

In 2008, his sculpture My Lonesome Cowboy was sold at auction at Sotheby's for 13.5 million US dollars. In his works, Murakami combines classical Japanese art with contemporary pop culture and is thus considered a border crosser between art, design, popular culture and commerce. His work is therefore often compared to pop artists such as Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons.

His pieces are very graphic and characterised by bright colours. Laughing flowers, mushrooms, skulls and cartoonesque figures are recurring motifs. While at first glance usually appearing playful to psychedelic, on closer inspection his pictures often reveal socio-critical ideas. With the term Superflat, which he created, he refers, among other things, to the lack of perspective and depth in his pictures.

His work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo) in 2001, at the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston) also in 2001, and at the Serpentine Gallery in London in 2002. From 2007 to 2009, his first retrospective was exhibited successively at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), the Brooklyn Museum of Art (New York), the Museum für Moderne Kunst (Frankfurt) and the Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao). Murakami currently lives and works in Tokyo, New York and Los Angeles.

Der Künstler Takashi Murakami

  • Zeitgenössischer japanischer Künstler der Pop-Art.
  • Bezeichnet seine Kunst als Superflat – und gründete 1990 Kunstbewegung mit selbigem Namen.
  • Zu seinen bekanntesten Werken zählt die Skulptur »My Lonesome Cowboy«.

Der am 01.02.1962 in Tokio (Japan) geborene Takashi Murakami ist ein japanischer Maler, Bildhauer und Designer. An der Tokyo University of the Arts studierte er die traditionelle japanische Nihonga-Malerei und schloss das Studium mit einem Doktortitel ab. 1994 erhielt Murakami ein Stipendium vom Asian Cultural Council und zog für ein Jahr nach New York City, um dort am internationalen Studioprogramm des MoMA PS1 teilzunehmen. Während dieser Zeit befasste er sich mit westlichen Künstlern wie Anselm Kiefer und dem Simulationismus von Künstlern wie Jeff Koons. 1998 kreiert er seine berühmte Skulptur My Lonesome Cowboy – eine nackte Animefigur mit blonder Igelfrisur, die um sich eine spiralförmige Samenspur ejakuliert. Sie stellt das Gegenstück zu seiner 1997 kreierten Skulptur Hiropon dar, ebenfalls eine animeinspirierte Figur, welcher Ströme von Muttermilch aus den Brustwarzen fließen. Beide Werke offenbaren Murakamis Liebe zur Otaku-Subkultur und werden der Superflat-Art zugeordnet, einer Kunstbewegung, die er selbst in den 1990ern gründete, um die japanische Konsumkultur zu kritisieren.

Im Jahre 2000 veröffentlichte er im Katalog zur Gruppenausstellung Superflat seine Superflat-Theorie. Ein Jahr später gründete er die Firma Kaikai Kiki Co., unter welcher er vor allem eigene Kunstobjekte, aber auch Merchandise-Artikel und Zeichentrickfilme produziert und vermarktet und junge Künstler vertritt. 2002 kollaborierte Murakami mit dem Highfashionlabel Louis Vuitton und designte Handtaschen mit Kirschblütendekor, die ihn weltweit bekannt machten. Danach folgten Kooperationen mit Ikonen aus dem Popkulturbereich, u. a. mit dem US-Rapper Kanye West, dessen CD-Cover er für die Single Stronger und das Album Graduation entwarf.

2008 wurde seine Skulptur My Lonesome Cowboy auf einer Auktion bei Sotheby’s für 13,5 Millionen US-Dollar verkauft. In seinen Werken vereint Murakami klassische japanische Kunst mit zeitgenössischer Popkultur und gilt damit als Grenzgänger zwischen Kunst, Design, Populärkultur und Kommerz. Daher wird seine Arbeit oft mit Pop-Art-Künstlern wie Andy Warhol und Jeff Koons verglichen.

 Seine Arbeiten sind sehr grafisch und zeichnen sich durch leuchtende Farben aus. Lachende Blumen, Pilze, Schädel und cartooneske Figuren sind dabei wiederkehrende Motive. Auf den ersten Blick oft spielerisch bis psychedelisch anmutend, offenbaren seine Bilder bei genauerem Hinsehen häufig gesellschaftskritische Ideen. Mit dem von ihm geschaffenen Begriff Superflat, bezieht er sich u. a. die auf fehlende Perspektive und Tiefe in seinen Bildern.

Seine Arbeiten wurden international ausgestellt, darunter 2001 im Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokio), ebenfalls 2001 im Museum of Fine Arts (Boston) sowie 2002 in der Serpentine Gallery in London (2002). Von 2007 bis 2009 wurde seine erste Retrospektive nacheinander im Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), im Brooklyn Museum of Art (New York), im Museum für Moderne Kunst (Frankfurt) und im Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao) ausgestellt. Murakami lebt und arbeitet derzeit in Tokio, New York und Los Angeles.

Takashi Murakami - Coco-Project KO2 (Perfect Edition/Parco Version)
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Prints and Multiples
December 2022
Bonhams
Est.: 3.000 - 5.000 GBP
Realised: 5.100 GBP
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Takashi Murakami - Thank You for the Wonderful Destiny
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Prints and Multiples
December 2022
Bonhams
Est.: 1.800 - 2.200 GBP
Realised: not available
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Takashi Murakami - Korpokkur in the Forest
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Prints and Multiples
December 2022
Bonhams
Est.: 1.800 - 2.200 GBP
Realised: 1.658 GBP
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Takashi Murakami - Flowers on the Island Closest to Heaven
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Prints and Multiples
December 2022
Bonhams
Est.: 1.500 - 2.000 GBP
Realised: 1.275 GBP
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Takashi Murakami - Super Flat Museum (10 works)
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Deck the WallsPrints & Multiples
December 2022
Bonhams
Est.: 1.500 - 2.500 USD
Realised: not available
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Takashi Murakami - Plate 3, from We Are the Square Jocular Clan
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Deck the WallsPrints & Multiples
December 2022
Bonhams
Est.: 800 - 1.200 USD
Realised: 1.275 USD
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Takashi Murakami - Flowers Drawing, from The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg exhibition catalogue
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Deck the WallsPrints & Multiples
December 2022
Bonhams
Est.: 800 - 1.200 USD
Realised: 1.020 USD
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Takashi Murakami - Yume Lion (The Dream Lion)
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Post-Millennium Evening Sale
November 2022
Christies, Hong Kong
Est.: 8.000.000 - 12.000.000 HKD
Realised: 6.500.000 HKD
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Takashi Murakami - Hands Clasped
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Post-Millennium Evening Sale
November 2022
Christies, Hong Kong
Est.: 12.000.000 - 18.000.000 HKD
Realised: 10.650.000 HKD
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Takashi Murakami - Jellyfish Eyes - White4
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Wired: Online Auction
November 2022
Phillips, Online Auction
Est.: 1.000 - 1.500 GBP
Realised: 1.008 GBP
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Takashi Murakami - Three works: (i) Dokuro yellow; (ii) Time Bokan - black; (iii) Dokuro silver
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Wired: Online Auction
November 2022
Phillips, Online Auction
Est.: 1.000 - 1.500 GBP
Realised: 1.260 GBP
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Takashi Murakami - Kaikai, Kiki, DOB, and POM atop the Mount of the Dead
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Wired: Online Auction
November 2022
Phillips, Online Auction
Est.: 1.000 - 1.500 GBP
Realised: 1.071 GBP
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