Takashi Murakami Talks Inspiration Behind Gagosian Hong Kong Exhibit & New Work

Revealing the exhibit’s name and exploring his fear of death.

By
Arts
5,889 Hypes 5 Comments

Ahead of his upcoming Gagosian Hong Kong exhibit, Takashi Murakami took to Instagram to showcase a duo of new paintings and the inspiration behind the exhibition. After warning of the rambling text to follow, the Japanese creative correctly asserts that “2018 has been quite an amazing year for artist Takashi Murakami. You could say I’m in my artistic prime, a fish at its peak fattiness. Really, it’s the best year ever for me.” Later, he touches on his brush with gout and resulting fear of mortality: “I abhor and fear the physical pain and mental suffering in the process of approaching death. It’s as though I am producing paintings as a prescribed method of alleviating such fear.”

Murakami also revealed that the show, which opens on September 20, is now dubbed “Change the Rule!” The full text is inscribed in red Japanese text on the black paintings, read the full dialogue in his Instagram posts below.

Elsewhere, Harmony Korine recently kicked off his own Gagosian exhibition.

Read Full Article

What to Read Next

'Sabrina The Teenage Witch' Gets Dark Netflix Remake From Creators of 'Riverdale'
Entertainment

'Sabrina The Teenage Witch' Gets Dark Netflix Remake From Creators of 'Riverdale'

‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ is also based on a 2014 Archie comic.

Ethics Trump Reseller Clout for New Footwear Brand OBRA
Footwear 

Ethics Trump Reseller Clout for New Footwear Brand OBRA

OBRA’s founders tell us about their brand’s commitment to artistry and utility.

Nike's React Element 55 to Drop in "Triple Black"
Footwear

Nike's React Element 55 to Drop in "Triple Black"

For a more streamlined look.


What’s the Best Supreme x COMME des GARÇONS SHIRT Collab Piece Ever?
Fashion 

What’s the Best Supreme x COMME des GARÇONS SHIRT Collab Piece Ever?

Pick your favorite item from our best of list.

Cleon Peterson, Keiichi Tanaami & More Join for "EXPERIENCE POMMERY #14"
Arts

Cleon Peterson, Keiichi Tanaami & More Join for "EXPERIENCE POMMERY #14"

A total of 20 artists are involved.

Full Specs of the iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max & iPhone XR Revealed
Tech

Full Specs of the iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max & iPhone XR Revealed

See how they stack up against each other by price and features.

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.

Help us serve you better

We appreciate your support in allowing HYPEBEAST ads, where we can share contents from the latest fashion, to those culturally relevant. In adding HYPEBEAST to your ad blocker's whitelist, ads on our sites will show while you continue to browse.

Help Support Us

We need ads to keep the lights on and to continue providing free news to our readers. We’d appreciate your support by whitelisting HYPEBEAST on your ad blocker. That way you can keep reading all the great stories for free.

If you have already whitelisted us, simply refresh this page. To find out how to whitelist us, click the button below.

Back

Add Us to Whitelist

We appreciate your support in allowing HYPEBEAST ads. Most ad blockers have similar whitelisting steps and settings. If you need assistance, please contact us.

Adblock Plus

  1. Click on the red ABP icon in the upper right corner of your browser.
  2. Click “Enabled on this site” to disable ad blocking for the current site. In Firefox click “disable on HYPEBEAST”.
  3. Refresh the HYPEBEAST page that you were viewing.

Adblock

  1. Click the AdBlock hand icon.
  2. Click “Don’t run on pages on this domain”.
  3. A new “Don’t run AdBlock on…” dialog may be displayed in the middle of the screen.
  4. Move the “Site” slider to the right. After that, click “Exclude”.
  5. Refresh the HYPEBEAST page that you were viewing.

uBlock

  1. Click the uBlock icon.
  2. Click the large blue “power” button in the menu that appears to whitelist the current website.
  3. Reload the HYPEBEAST page that you were viewing.

Firefox Browser

Firefox Tracking Protection may activate our whitelist notice, which can be disabled temporarily for a browsing session by clicking the shield icon in the URL bar and following the instructions.

Disconnect

  1. Click the Disconnect icon.
  2. Click “Whitelist site”.
  3. Refresh the HYPEBEAST page that you were viewing.