Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics
Contemporary works by Takashi Murakami, one of the most imaginative and important artists working today, are juxtaposed with treasures from the MFA’s renowned collection of Japanese art. The exhibition reveals how Murakami’s contemporary vision is richly inflected by a dynamic conversation with the historical past, framed by a creative dialogue with the great Japanese art historian, Professor Nobuo Tsuji. Together, Murakami and Professor Tsuji have chosen the objects on view in the exhibition, including paintings and sculpture created by the artist in direct response to Japanese masterpieces from the MFA’s collection, such as Soga Shōhaku’s 36-foot-long Dragon and Clouds (1763), and the Heiji Scroll (second half of the 13th century)—one of the most famous Japanese works of art outside of Japan.
Interesting juxtaposition of the old and the new. I very much enjoyed Murakami's works, but the Eccentrics made the exhibit for me.
For someone who knows little about Japanese artists this was a great introduction to an internationally-recognized (he also has an ongoing show at the Garage Museum in Moscow) figure of contemporary Japanese art. It's intellectual yet playful so very accessible, but maybe a touch short so don't worry about losing steam half-way through...
A short yet well set up exhibit with a few monumental works by Murakami. I would have liked a bit more but the parallel between his works and some old Japanese artworks was original and interesting.