Ego by Takashi Murakami

Fine art meets pop culture

Ego opened at QM Gallery, Al Riwaq on February 9, 2012. In an exhibition space spanning almost 2,300 square-metres, over sixty works were showcased. These included sculptures, paintings, animations and a giant circus tent.

Through bursts of colour and a myriad of characters, the work touched on a range of themes. It often channeled the ecstasy and anxiety of consumerism - a topic that resonates with a broad audience in Doha.

Force of nature

Murakami realized his largest painting to date at the exhibition. Arhat stretched 100 meters, wrapping around three sides of the main gallery space, and divided into 25-meter sections devoted to wind, forest, fire and mountain. Conceived as a response to the recent disasters in Japan, the work draws on traditional historical painting to create an homage to the power of nature.

I like to think of this exhibition as the foundation of ‘Murakami City’. Takashi has conceived of this show as an urban experience, a walk into a gigantic artificial landscape, a science fiction environment
Curator, Massimiliano Gioni

More about Takashi

Murakami works in fine art as well as what is more commercial media, such as fashion, merchandise, and animation. He is known for blurring the line between high and low art. He coined the term superflat, which describes the aesthetic characteristics of traditional art in Japan. He also uses the term to describe his own artistic style. Murakami is the founder and President of Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd., through which he manages the careers of several younger artists and organizes the biannual art fair, GEISAI.

Watch a behind the scenes interview with Murakami
He's a phenomenon, that's for sure. I think that his work embodies some interests that extend far beyond Japan. It's a blend of fantasy, apocalypse and innocence
Lisa Phillips, Director of the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
Artwork by Takashi Murakami, Pom & Me, 2009
Through bursts of colour and a myriad of characters, the work touched on a range of themes. It often channeled the ecstasy and anxiety of consumerism - a topic that resonates with a broad audience in Doha

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