Takashi Murakami is to be the subject of a large-scale museum show at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, from 31 October 2015 until 6 March 2016. The show will be the artists first such show in Japan in 14 years.
The exhibition entitled “The 500 Arhats” will focus on Murakami’s most recent works, including the 100-metre-long painting of the same name which depicts enlightened followers of Buddha, created in response to the 2011 earthquake in East Japan. His work looks at the transcendental power of art and religion in the face of social turmoil and human mortality, where art can illuminate our understanding of the human condition and the realities of the world we live in. Whilst he has exhibited widely across the world in recent years — at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Palace of Versailles, France and ALRIWAQ Doha, Qatar — displays of his work in his native Japan have been limited.