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Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami was born in 1962 in Tokyo, and received his BFA, MFA and PhD from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.

He founded the Hiropon Factory in Tokyo in 1996, which later evolved into Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd., a large-scale art production and art management corporation. In addition to the production and marketing of Murakami's work, Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. functions as a supportive environment for the fostering of young Japanese artists. Acting as a curator, entrepreneur, and a critical observer of contemporary Japanese society, Murakami organized a paradigmatic exhibition of Japanese art titled Superflat, in 2000, which contextualized the origins of contemporary Japanese visual pop culture to historical Japanese art. He has continued this seminal work in subsequent exhibitions such as Coloriage (Fondation Cartier pour l'art Contemporain, Paris, 2002) and Little Boy: The Art of Japan's Exploding Subcultures (Japan Society, New York, 2005).

Murakami's work has been shown extensively in group exhibitions around the world, and in one-person exhibitions at leading institutions such as Fondation Cartier pour l'art Contemporain, Paris and the Serpentine Gallery, London (2002); Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2001). A comprehensive retrospective opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2007) and traveled to the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt and the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao (2008-9).