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Takashi Murakami “Change the Rule!” Interview

Takashi Murakami


Comprised of all-new pieces, the exhibit allows Murakami’s art to be better understood within the full body of his work. While characters like Mr. DOB and the Otaku Flower were initially understood in the context of the Pop movement, his intention was to examine the concept of cuteness or “kawaii.” His work would eventually take a narrower focus, to be understood by viewers in America and Europe. Murakami makes art according to the location of each show, and lately, he has an increasing amount of clients from parts of Southeast Asia like the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia. “The map for the art world is changing,” and he continues to follow that path, guiding the Kaikai Kiki artists along the way.Making a business and getting money is a difficult thing. Very honestly speaking.The art production company — which has become a major focus of Murakami’s time — has changed his mindset from that of an artist, to a businessman. Currently, he describes his role more closely to a film director, or “the ringleader of a circus,” and he is responsible for growing artists like Chiho Oyishima, Mr., TENGAone and MADSAKI. The task of bringing in money each month is difficult, and Murakami is very transparent about that burden. Thankfully, working with creatives like Virgil Abloh or artists like Drake energizes the momentum of the business.