My mind exploded with joy when I found out that my favorite artist, Takashi Murakami, was having his first solo exhibition in the Middle East, titled Murakami Ego, in Qatar. "The provocative title is drawn from Murakami’s desire to create an exhibition that is 'a dialogue with one’s own ego,' reflecting the artist’s struggle to create a private fictional universe in response to a growing information overload."
Upon entering the Doha's Al Riwaq Gallery, you are greeted by the larger-than-life, 6-meter statue of the artist himself. Inside, some of Murakami's most significant series are presented for the first time in their entirety, including "Pom and Me" and "Kaikai Kiki Lots of Faces." Murakami conceived the exhibiton itself as a work of art, creating new modes of display that include sculptural pedestals with digital animation, a circus tent that doubles as an indoor cinema, and a new 100-meter-long painting that wraps around the exhibition space.
I find Murakami endlessly fascinating and thrilling. I have seen a few of his exhibits, but the level of detail, intricacy, fantasy and passion that I witnessed this time is simply unparalleled. To say I had an extraordinary time wandering through the exhibit would be an understatement. Here are a few pictures.
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