Takashi Murakami Short Film: 'Is This the Dream?'

A haunting portrayal of the Japanese artist’s battle with success.

Art 
25,732 Hypes 3 Comments

Takashi Murakami is unquestionably the most famous artist in the world of Japanese contemporary art. He owes much of his success to hard work and a lack of sleep. “If I relax for more than six hours, I feel like I’m being extremely lazy and I have to get back to work. I can’t really relax,” he told us. The relentless output of new works, sculptures, and exhibitions crafted by himself and his global team of 300 Kaikai Kiki Gallery assistants is driven by one simple dread: “I fear that people will get bored of me,” he said.

We shadowed Murakami for three consecutive days prior to his massive “HEADS⟷HEADS” exhibition at New York City’s Galerie Perrotin. From observing the unreal synchronization of workers at his L.I.C. studio to encountering crazed fans at his meet-and-greet for the Uniqlo UT Doraemon collaboration, we offer viewers a rare look at the artist responsible for the limelight.

Read Full Article

What to Read Next

Takashi Murakami To Highlight "Roppongi Art Night 2021"
Art

Takashi Murakami To Highlight "Roppongi Art Night 2021"

Along with fellow artists MADSAKI, Yuta Hosokawa, Kasing Lung and Aya Takano.

Takashi Murakami Serves Up Hydrangea-Shaped Flower Cookies
Food & Beverage

Takashi Murakami Serves Up Hydrangea-Shaped Flower Cookies

A limited-edition release of only 100 tins.

Takashi Murakami Enters the Gaming Domain With FaZe Clan Collaboration
Gaming

Takashi Murakami Enters the Gaming Domain With FaZe Clan Collaboration

Featuring flower-embossed esports jerseys and mousepads.


Naomi Osaka Debuts Takashi Murakami Co-Designed Tennis Racket
Sports

Naomi Osaka Debuts Takashi Murakami Co-Designed Tennis Racket

Set to make its inaugural appearance at the U.S. Open.

Pharrell Williams Purchased Tyler Perry’s House for $15.6 Million USD
Design

Pharrell Williams Purchased Tyler Perry’s House for $15.6 Million USD

A lavish Beverly Hills property.

Nike Air Max 95 "Just Do It" Gets an Orange Paint Job
Footwear

Nike Air Max 95 "Just Do It" Gets an Orange Paint Job

Using Nike’s signature shade of orange.

Maggie Rogers Returns With Smooth "Fallingwater" Single
Music

Maggie Rogers Returns With Smooth "Fallingwater" Single

With production by Rostam Batmanglij.

Android Malware Found Preinstalled on Hundreds of Phones, Results in Popup Ads
Tech

Android Malware Found Preinstalled on Hundreds of Phones, Results in Popup Ads

There is hope to stop these “dropper” apps, however.

UPDATE: Virgil Abloh x Air Jordan 1 "Powder Blue" SNKRS Exclusive Access Invites Sent
Footwear

UPDATE: Virgil Abloh x Air Jordan 1 "Powder Blue" SNKRS Exclusive Access Invites Sent

Chance #2.


New 'Sicario: Day of the Soldado' Trailer Takes on the War on Drugs
Entertainment

New 'Sicario: Day of the Soldado' Trailer Takes on the War on Drugs

“I love getting out of the office.”

Nike Readies Varied Set of Jewel Swoosh Air Force 1s
Footwear

Nike Readies Varied Set of Jewel Swoosh Air Force 1s

Four more Forces.

UPDATED: Morgan Freeman Accused of Sexual Misconduct, Freeman Has Responded
Entertainment

UPDATED: Morgan Freeman Accused of Sexual Misconduct, Freeman Has Responded

16 individuals have come forth as victims or witnesses.

Mark Jenkins Joins Lazinc Gallery For "BRD SHT" Exhibition
Art

Mark Jenkins Joins Lazinc Gallery For "BRD SHT" Exhibition

Bird droppings as metaphor for life.

Zaytoven Says Future Will Drop 'Beast Mode 2' Later This Year
Music

Zaytoven Says Future Will Drop 'Beast Mode 2' Later This Year

Big news.

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Gain access to exclusive interviews with industry creatives, think pieces, trend forecasts, guides and more.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Adblock Detected.

We charge advertisers instead of our readers. If you enjoy our content, please add us to your adblocker's whitelist. We'd really appreciated it.