©Murakami Exhibit at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
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Exhibit Duration: October 29, 2007 through February 11, 2008
I went to the Geffen Contemporary with my mom and my cousin
after seeing banners posted all around town about the Murakami exhibit. After having our fill of dim sum in
Takeshi Murakami was trained in traditional Japanese art but his pieces are strongly influenced by anime (Japanese animation) and manga (Japanese graphic comics).
Takeshi Murakami’s exhibit at the Geffen Contemporary is a smorgasbord of mixed media pieces including sculptures, paintings, logos on various commercial merchandise (even logos on Louis Vuitton handbags), shokugan (which are toys found inside candy boxes), and animation.
The exhibition starts off with Murakami’s most popular
works, fiberglass sculptures called “Hiropan” and “My Lonesome Cowboy”. These to pieces are very graphic…know wonder
the museum posted a sign informing exhibit-goers of its adult content.
Murakami’s “Reverse Double Helix” was a colorful, whimsical, and playful installation art piece that to me looked like an indoor playground with sculpted arms waiting to be climbed on and hung from.
Murakami also debuts his sculpture called “Oval Buddha” which seems to tower at about 20 feet. Luckily the Geffen Contemporary can accommodate such height.
Located on the mezzanine level of the gallery is a fully operational Louis Vuitton boutique selling of displaying and of course selling items with cute Murakami logos (bags costing from $400 to $600)!
One of my favorite art pieces was animated film “kaikai and kiki”. The episode we watched was part one of a three part installment. Part two will be added in mid-December while part three will premiere in January.
Another favorite piece of mine is “Second Mission Project ko2”. It is a three part sculpture series of a female cyborg morphing into a jet airplane. It reminded me of when I was a child watching “Robotech” and the “Transformers” cartoons.
Overall, I enjoyed the Murakami exhibit. Many of his pieces are considered surrealistic using all colors in the rainbow. But to me, his animated characters and art pieces can be summed up in one word: FUN!
General Admission: $8
Students with I.D.: $5
Seniors (65+): $5
Children under 12: Free
MOCA Members: Free
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