Takashi Murakami is a living legend in the art world. His works are imaginative, thought-provoking, and recognized worldwide. He often uses colorful images and characters as a tool to convey significant stories and emotions. Now, The Broad is honoring his work with a solo exhibition of his own.
After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the L.A. museum has two incredible exhibitions opening on May 21, and this includes “Takashi Murakami: Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow.”
“Artworks in these exhibitions speak to recovery, resistance, and even beauty in the face of deep social and environmental upheaval…” said The Broad founding director Joanne Heyler in a statement. “…Takashi Murakami’s work likewise reflects within its complex iconography a response to times of crisis and uncertainty, whether connected to postwar Japan or the Fukushima nuclear disaster.”
A special feature of this exhibition is its AR experience. The Broad and Murakami have partnered with Meta, Instagram, and BUCK, to bring Murakami’s art to life. All around the exhibition, guests can scan QR codes that invite them into his colorful world. Characters found in his art suddenly “step out of their physical forms and into a ghostly digital existence, harbingers of what is yet to come for Murakami’s work and thinking.” You don’t have to be a museum go-er to have access to this feature either. The public will be able to experience this beyond the walls of The Broad with a QR code that can be found at the East West Bank Plaza.
The exhibition itself also features 18 works created throughout Murkami’s career. This includes his most notable pieces such as the 32-foot-wide “100 Arhats,” and his 82-foot-wide “In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow” which is the main piece that inspired this exhibition. “In these works, spanning sculpture, painting, wallpaper, and immersive installations, the artist explores subject matter such as globalization, postwar Japan, pop culture, and religious iconography.” states The Broad.
You’ll be able to dive into the world of Murakami this weekend. This incredible exhibition debuts May 21 and concludes on September 25. For more information, please visit The Broad. You can find tickets here.