Takashi Murakami recently launched the momentous Kaikai Kiki Summer Show 2019 exhibition in Tokyo, Japan. The sprawling presentation features miniature to large-scale artworks by artists under the gallery’s roster alongside signature artworks by longtime collaborators, Virgil Abloh and Futura. Highlights include a collaborative Japanese Flag painting project with MADSAKI and Mr., Futura’s metallic ‘FL-001’ sculptures, large-scale sculptures by Abloh, alongside sculptural ceramic pieces by Otani Workshop.
The summer show is on view until July 27. Visit Kaikai Kiki’s website for further details and tour the exhibition in the slideshow above.
A statement on the summer show by Takashi Murakami:
Hello, this is Takashi Murakami. From July 16 to July 27, 2019, Kaikai Kiki Gallery will hold a group exhibition of our represented artists. Featuring MADSAKI, Otani Workshop, Yuji Ueda, TENGAone, and more, the artists who have joined us in past few years are very energetic and are producing artworks one after another– so much so that they cannot fit them into their solo exhibitions. Virgil Abloh, for one, has become Louis Vuitton’s artistic director, and also currently has a solo exhibition at MCA Chicago. His energy is overwhelming! I also will also exhibit a new collaboration piece.
For more dynamic presentations in Japan, check out James Jarvis’ massive spray-can paintings in his latest solo exhibition entitled “Throw-Ups” at NANZUKA Tokyo.
Kaikai Kiki Gallery
2-3-30 Motoazabu | Crest Bldg. B1F
Minato 106-0046, Tokyo Prefecture
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Japanese Flag painting project colabo w @misteryanen @madsaki . This morning @madsaki making for word very honest his history things. Good morning. Konnichiwer. Wassup man. I’m back here again at the Miyoshi Kaikai Kiki Sudio. It’s Thursday morning little b4 eight. Takashipom asked me to write something about japan for this piece so let me tell you a story of mine. Nothing special. It’s just a story about me growing up in Japan until I left this country in 1980 of August 10th. Ok. My family moved to New Jersey in 1980 when I was just 6 years old. In a fucking long run, it was the world greatest idea that my dad decided to move out from Japan since I was going nowhere living in Osaka. I was that quiet boy in class that never spoke or never existed. I had zero friends. Not a weirdo tho. If I’d died falling off a chair during class, no one would’ve recognize who it was. I wasn’t a bright kid also. It became a ritual staying after school. Life outside the stupid school sucked big time too. I was bullied everyday from the older kids in the neighborhood. One day I came home getting chased by these bullies. They were chasing my fucking ass hard. Then I tripped over on a small rock, face planted on a fresh warm fresh dog shit. Went home crying like a little bitch with dog shit all over my face. I knew I’ve depressed the shit out of my mom that day. I was this total hopeless loser with a mushroom haircut. I was far from being rock n roll. I never liked being here growing up in japan. I was feeling out of place. I got sick almost every week. So I spent most of my time high up on a tree or on my bicycle. I liked being up on the tree the most. It was always peaceful up there. Looking down upon the world being unnoticed from the rest of the world. I would watch what’s going on below me. Observing everything. I enjoyed being alone. On August 10th Of 1980, I left Narita with my mom and my younger sister. Grand parents came all the way from Nagoya to just to say good bye. We spent a night and a day together in the hotel by the airport. Going to the airport was a big event back in the days. ?next page.