When Takashi Murakami Meets Virgil Abloh at the Gagosian Gallery

After a first collaboration of serigraphed bags and t-shirts, artists Takashi Murakami and Virgil Abloh are hanging together again at the Gagosian Gallery in London. Entitled Future History, the exhibition is up until 7 April 2018.

Two Universes for a Double Pop of Culture

The first is internationally known for his psychedelic mushrooms and kawai figures; the second is famous for his brand Off White (founded in 2013): together, the Japanese Takashi Murakami and the American designer Virgil Abloh have imagined a colourful, street art style exhibition. Fruits of a two month collaboration in the studio of Murakami, the work is composed of paintings and sculptures inspired by their respective cultures. The visit is guaranteed to give you a complete change of scene.

Welcomed by an imposing sculpture of Mr. DOB, the famous creature with Manga/Disney qualities by Murakami, visitors are then introduced to Kyoto Enso, who has made a trippy diptyque of the Off-White logo on a canary yellow background. Hypnotizing, the work colours the immaculate white walls of the Gagosian gallery.

Melting in a pink and black street art style poster with little Takasi Murakami figurines, the portrait Glance Past the Future is an audacious portrait of Baroque Italian painter Gian Lorzeno Bernini, symbol of the beauty of the mix of artistic styles.

For Life Itself, Virgil Abloh- who studied architecture- conceptualized a shell in which an imposing and iconic flower from the Japanese artist is hiding inside.~

With Times Nature, arrows from the label of Virgil Abloh are in XXL format, as if to welcome you to better see the hallucinogenic flowers of Takashi Murakami.

A Common Ambition

Very sensible to art, the source of inspiration, the stylist of subversive creations explained that he was animated by the ambition to “make works of art that are shaped by the observations of society- in diverse media- that, by their existence produce a new cultural impact.” A super creator without limits, Takashi Murakami’s art mixes traditional Japanese painting, fashion, cinema, pop culture and high art. The association of these two artists is already iconique: their serigraphy stand at the ComplexCon Festival was mobbed.

Alice Thierry de Ville d'Avray

Where to find it ?

Galerie Gagosian

17-19 Davies Street

W1K 3DE London

207 496 30 20


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