October 20, 2011

Takashi Murakami "Homage to Yves Klein" at Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin


Takashi Murakami
Homage to Yves Klein

10 impasse Saint-Claude : October 20, 2011 - January 7, 2012

«I think that most people would agree that color is among themost important elements of my work and when we look back on the life of Yves Klein, the reason becomes clear. Color is much like the means of Japanese Zen Buddhism, it is a tool that can instantaneously guide people to a world outside themselves. I would like to dedicate this exhibition to the artist who has most passionately pursued this exploration of color - Yves Klein.»

-Takashi Murakami


Galerie Perrotin is pleased to announce the exhibition by Takashi Murakami «Homage to Yves Klein» from 20 October 2011 to 7 January 2012.

Takashi Murakami is confronting himself to Yves Klein’s work by making his own monochromes keeping the same sizes as the original ones. 11 paintings, 9 of which have been created for the show, and one relief will be presented. They will be related directly to Klein’s originals, 3 small monochromes will be shown at the gallery for this occasion («Untitled Blue Monochrome (IKB 67)», «Untitled Monogold (MG 8)», «Untitled Pink Monochrome (MP19)» and 3 sponge reliefs). Both those artists have made the pursuit of the Absolute and perfection the focal point of their work.


Already, in 1991, Takashi Murakami painted monochromes which evoked Klein’s research («Azure»). In 1995, he made a silver and gold-leafed triptych which, in echo to Klein monochromes, evoke the wonderful backgrounds of traditional Japanese art. In 2006, after applying the imprint of his body on the canvas, like anthropométries, he covered it with mesmerizing and energizing colored squares («Acupuncture Paintings»).


Through Monochromes, Takashi Murakami is also taking up the time-old theme of Vanities with accumulation of skulls of flowers, dizzying infinity where the pattern fades away because of its very own abstract repetition ; «MGST, 1962->2011» ; «MCBST, 1959->2011» ; «MCRST, 1962->2011», etc.


A Doctor in Nihonga painting from the University of Arts in Tokyo, Takashi Murakami developed a unique protean style of the most modern techniques associated with the precision and virtuosity of traditional Japanese art and that of the Ukiyo-e engraving (pictures of the floating world) in particular. Inspired by Manga and Kawai (cuteness) culture, his irresistible world is peopled by monstrous and charming characters, facetious descendents of past myths. His theory of the Superflat aesthetic, which he introduced in 2001, attempts to blur the frontiers between popular art and grand art. The absence of perspective, the two-dimensionality of ancient art, filters in to every support – painting, sculpture, prints/silk-screens, wallpaper, animation films and accessories.

All images: Courtesy of Galerie Perrotin, Paris

Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin
76 rue de Turenne - 10 impasse Saint-Claude,
75003 Paris, France
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