A colorful, immersive Takashi Murakami exhibition is coming to the Broad

As The Broad has made its way through solo exhibitions of some of the biggest stars of its collection – from a retrospective of Cindy Sherman to blockbuster show Yayoi Kusama to a gallery focus on Jean-Michel Basquiat – it was only a matter of time before a particularly popular artist at the museum boarded the deck.

Of course, Takashi Murakami will be the center of of the broad especially a spring ticket exhibition, along with a concurrent exhibition that explores the symbolism of the American flag. Both will be on display in the galleries on the first floor of the museum from May 21 to September 25, 2022.

All of Murakami’s works in the Broad collection will be on display in Takashi Murakami: Stepping on the Rainbow Tail. Famous for its animated smiling flowers and colorful murals of pop and mythology, you will be able to see 18 works by the contemporary Japanese artist, including the bizarre DOB in the Strange Forest (Blue DOB) sculpture and 82 feet wide In the Land of the Dead, stepping on the tail of the rainbow– which were seen together when the museum was first opened, as seen above – as well as the scroll-inspired 100 arhats.

© 2014 Takashi Murakami / Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All rights reservedTakashi Murakami, In the Land of the Dead, stepping on the tail of the rainbow (detail), 2014. Acrylic on canvas. Foundation for Broad Art.

In addition, Broad is working with Murakami and his studio, Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd., to create an immersive environment that the museum says will reveal more about closer to opening.

The other big spring show, “This Is Not America’s Flag”, will feature pieces by 20 artists who have defended and challenged the symbolism of stars and stripes. Born of the mass racial justice movements in the summer of 2020, the exhibition also includes Jasper Jones Flag and to David Hammons African American flagas well as works by Laura Aguilar, Nicole Eisenman, Jeffrey Gibson, Hank Willis Thomas and Alfredo Jaar (whose Logo for America inspired the name of the exhibition).

Hank Willis Thomas, America
© Hank Willis Thomas. Photo by: Flying Studio, Los Angeles, Courtesy of the artist and Kayne Griffin, Los AngelesHank Willis Thomas, America, 2021. Mixed media, including US flags. Foundation for Broad Art.

“The works of art in these exhibitions speak of recovery, resilience and even beauty in the face of deep social and environmental cataclysms,” Broad founder Joan Hailer said in a statement. “Our double pandemics of racism and COVID-19 reveal many myths embedded in contemporary American identity. “This is not the flag of America” ​​reflects on the state of national symbolism, sheds light on US history and the present, and questions perceptions by asking vital questions about what we stand for as individuals and as a society. Takashi Murakami’s work also reflects in its intricate iconography a response to times of crisis and uncertainty, whether related to post-war Japan or the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

The rescheduled tickets for the two exhibitions, which also include access to the otherwise free galleries on the third floor, will go on sale Friday, April 15 at 10 a.m. and cost $ 18 for adults and $ 12 for students and are free for children under 17. The museum notes that it will also announce a few free days later. And if you’re particularly attracted to the Murakami exhibition, you’ll find an accompanying catalog at the gift shop ($ 45).

Oh, and just in case you’re wondering about Kusama’s status Endless mirror room: Next its opening in January was postponed, the museum is now aiming for March. So when tickets go on sale for the two spring shows, you should be able to secure a reservation at Kusama.

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