Takashi Murakami’s New Exhibit “In the Land of the Dead…”
On November 10th, 2014, New York City got blessed with Takishi Murakami’s latest exhibit, “In the Land of the Dead: Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow.” Featured at the Gagosian Gallery in the Chelsea area, the iconic Murakami outdid himself with the grandeur size of his paintings and sculptures.
One of the most breathtaking sculptures from Murakami is the an actual life size replica of a Japanese Buddhist temple planted in the middle of the room. Standing side by side are two massive sculptures of demon guardians representing the water and fire elements. On the surrounding walls of the gallery are deeply detailed colorful paintings full of characters and imagery that forces you to stare in awe. There is a story being told in these images and Murakami wants you to see and feel it.
“To me, religions are a narrative…Natural catastrophes, earthquakes, are things caused by nature. Such chaos is natural, but we have to make sense of it somehow, and so we had to invent these stories. That is what I wanted to paint.” —Takashi Murakami
Taking from ancient Japanese culture as well reflecting on the past natural disaster that was the Great Tōhoku Earthquake of 2011, Murakami is illustrating a new story of transcendence; something that sprouts from near death experience. His use of traditional Japanese techniques in combination with “Abstract Expressionist tropes, science-fiction, manga, and Buddhist and Shinto imagery”, creates an amazing new story full of life, emotion, and faith.
Check the exhibition out now through January 17th, 2015 at the Gagosian Gallery, 555 West 24th Street, New York, NY 10011.