A Closer Look: Takashi Murakami

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It is difficult to imagine the labor that went into creating the enormous and meticulously detailed artworks in Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg. It’s also a challenge to recognize the sometimes hundreds of characters in each painting. We are sharing two MCA videos that can help: one demonstrates Murakami’s studio process and another illuminates the artist’s influences, techniques, and philosophies about art. Related videos below offer additional insights in an in-depth conversation between Murakami and the exhibition’s curator, Michael Darling. And for a closer look at the works created for the MCA’s major retrospective, on view through September 24, check out this behind-the-scenes video by the artist’s production company Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd.


Murakami Describes His Three-Decades-Long Practice


Enter the Artist's Studio