Accompanying MOCA’s exhibition, © MURAKAMI, this publication marks the first comprehensive catalogue of the work of Takashi Murakami. One of contemporary art’s most innovative and important figures, Murakami draws from street culture, high art, and traditional Japanese painting, taking the postwar art trend of mixing high and low to an unprecedented level. Co-published by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Rizzoli International Publications, and Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. and designed by award-winning graphic designer Lorraine Wild of Green Dragon Office, © MURAKAMI traces the artist’s global impact socially, culturally, and art historically.

Edited by Paul Schimmel and Lisa Gabrielle Mark, with essays by Dick Hebdige, Midori Matsui, Scott Rothkopf, Paul Schimmel, and Mika Yoshitake

The © MURAKAMI catalogue is available for purchase online at moca.org.

Catalogue cover: Takashi Murakami, detail of 727, 1996, acrylic on canvas mounted on board, 118 x 180 in., fractional and promised gift of David Teiger, courtesy of Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, ©1996 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved
 

Welcome to © MURAKAMI. Featuring more than 90 works in various media spanning the early 1990s to the present, this international traveling retrospective is an unprecedented opportunity to survey the depth and breadth of Takashi Murakami's entire career.

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Exhibition Tour, Part 1
Join Takashi Murakami as he discusses Miss ko² (1997), My Lonesome Cowboy (1998), and more.
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Exhibition Tour, Part 2
Join Takashi Murakami as he discusses And Then, And Then And Then And Then And Then And Then (blue) (1996), and 727 (1996).
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Exhibition Tour, Part 3
Join Takashi Murakami as he discusses DOB in the Strange Forest (1999), The Castle of Tin Tin (1998), and more.
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Exhibition Tour, Part 4
Join Takashi Murakami as he discusses Signboard TAKASHI (1992-2007), and Inochi (2004).
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Exhibition Tour, Part 5
Join Takashi Murakami as he discusses S.M.P.ko² (1997-2007), Mr. DOB and DOB's March (1995).
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Exhibition Tour, Part 6
Join Takashi Murakami as he discusses Oval Buddha (2007), Gero Tan (2002), and the kaikai kiki merchandise room.
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Exhibition Tour, Part 7
Join Takashi Murakami as he discusses Reverse Double Helix (2003-2005), Tan Tan Bo (2001), and more.
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Exhibition Tour, Part 8
Join Takashi Murakami as he discusses Flower Matango (b) (2001-2006), Jellyfish Eyes (2001), and more.
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Marc Jacobs
artistic director for Louis Vuitton, discusses his collaboration with Takashi Murakami.
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kaikai & kiki
A special preview of part one of Takashi Murakami’s new animated film.
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Oval Buddha
and other behind-the-scenes footage of new works created for © MURAKAMI.
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