Playfulness and Eccentricity Meet in MFA Exhibit

After opening to the public on Oct. 8, the Museum of Fine Art’s newest exhibit, Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics , has attracted everything from art-loving intellectuals to tourists snapping selfies. Last week, however, the crowd was different. Sprawled out on the colorful floor covering of Takashi Murakami’s work entitled Field of Smiling Flowers were children, carefully drawing the colorful swirls and figures on the ground beneath them and the canvases surrounding them. Lineage of Eccentrics , which runs through April 12, juxtaposes 12 of Murakami’s works with over 30 pieces from the MFA’s world renowned collection of Japanese art. The pieces create a dialogue between traditional and contemporary Japanese art—to link between the past and the present. Widely considered as one the most prominent contemporary Japanese artists of his time, Murakami’s colorful designs are instantly recognizable by the public. He is also regarded for collaborations in the music and fashion industries. The cover art for Kanye West’s 2007 album Graduation was designed by Murakami, and he has worked with brands such as Louis Vuitton and Supreme. Lineage of Eccentrics came to fruition thanks to a long-standing partnership between the MFA and Murakami. In 2001, the MFA unveiled Murakami’s […]

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