From 13 July – 14 September 2019, the Singapore Tyler Print Institute (STPI) is pleased to present a major showcase of acclaimed Japanese artist Takashi Murakami in Singapore. ‘From Superflat to Bubblewrap’ is a milestone exhibition that explores the dynamic practice of Murakami, one of the most notable artists emerging from post-war Japan and a palpable force in the world of contemporary art today. It examines, through a remarkable range of works, the rich symbolic operations embedded in the artist’s compelling artistic expression – from the ‘Superflat’ theory and iconography which launched his global career, to a more recent examination of the recessive realism of Japan’s economic bubble crisis, humorously coined ‘Bubblewrap’. In particular, this new exhibitionary endeavor debuts new works centered around the relationship between these ideas. From printmaking traditions to textures of graffiti and neon signages, from hypnotically seamless wallpapers to the digital moving image, the language of Superflat and Bubblewrap surfaces as a mode of decentring and annulling conventions of perspective, hierarchy, and dichotomy in art and subculture. In a global age marked by rapidly transforming visual cultures and the excess of consumption, Murakami continues to urgently challenge our relationship with images, their materiality, and their function in creative movements that respond to fluctuations in economy, in society, and in collective hope.
Me Among The Supernatural , 2013, Takashi Murakami, Acrylic on canvas mounted on aluminum frame.
©2013 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
Throughout its run from 13 July to 14 September, this Annual Special Exhibition at STPI will be supported by a diverse array of public programs including an artist talk, panel discussions, film screenings, printmaking workshops and guided tours of both the exhibition and STPI’s Creative Workshop in multiple languages.
The Annual Special Exhibitions (ASEs) at STPI Gallery give audiences in South-East Asia and Singapore the rare opportunity to encounter an exceptional scope of works in print and paper created by the most significant artists of modern and contemporary art history. Past exhibitions include “David Hockney: A Matter of Perspective” (2017), “Zao Wou-Ki: No Boundaries” (2016), “Edo Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints” (2014), “The Mystery of Picasso’s Creative Process: The Art of Printmaking” (2013) and “Henri Matisse: Works from 1917 – 1952” (2008).
And Then x 6 (White: The Superflat Method, Pink and Blue Ears) , 2013, Takashi Murakami, Acrylic on canvas mounted on aluminum frame.
©2013 Takashi Murakami/ Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
In 2018 alone, Takashi Murakami exhibited with blue-chip galleries such as Gagosian and Perrotin from Shanghai to Los Angeles, worked on projects alongside Virgil Abloh, artistic director of Louis Vuitton, and still found time to host Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in his studio.
Having coined ‘Superflat’, a postmodern art movement some 20 odd years ago, Murakami shows no signs of slowing down. His influence on contemporary pop art movements to mainstream ‘hype’ fashion establishments is incomparable as supported by his whopping 1 million followers on Instagram.
Takashi Murakami has been repeatedly cited as the ‘Andy Warhol of Asia’. He uses his deep understanding of Western art to integrate his work into its structure; working from the inside to portray “Japanese-ness” as a tool to bring about a revolution in the world of art.
Twice a year he holds the GEISAI festival in Japan for young emerging talent, and with his company, Kaikai Kiki supports and manages a group of young artists while preparing for his future endeavors.“To become a living example of the potential of art.”
Image coourtesy of STPI
STPI is a dynamic creative workshop and contemporary art gallery based in Singapore. Established in 2002, STPI is a not-for-profit organization committed to promoting artistic experimentation in the mediums of print and paper and has become one of the most cutting-edge destinations for contemporary art in Asia. STPI sits alongside National Gallery Singapore and the Singapore Art Museum as part of the national Visual Arts Cluster of leading institutions in the region.
STPI Creative Workshop is a rigorous space for pushing the boundaries of various print and papermaking techniques. Bolstered by specialized facilities and a highly qualified workshop team, STPI Creative Workshop produces unique collaborations with leading international artists to challenge conventions in art, explore new trajectories in their practice and share their experience with the public.
STPI Gallery is an active platform that fosters the exchange of ideas in contemporary art with its diverse exhibitions and public program. The gallery hosts specially curated exhibitions of works produced in the STPI Creative Workshop and regularly participates in international fairs. This enables it to nurture and sustain local and international interest in both its artist collaborations and in the mediums of print and paper. The gallery’s public program aims to engage and broaden visitor understanding of contemporary art, while collaborations with a variety of international curators, collectors, and gallerists provide a holistic experience for audiences on a global level.
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