Takashi Murakami

Multi-role fufilling Japanese artist

In the past 12 months the Murakami empire has been redesigning its global plan: in October 2012 came news of the closure of Kaikai Kiki Gallery Taipei, Hidari Zingaro Taipei and GEISAI Taipei (officially termed a ‘temporary break’ due to ‘a change in the gallery structure’); in Europe, Hidari Zingaro Berlin presented four exhibitions in 2012, but only one in 2013. However, as the head of Kaikai Kiki (the artist’s art production company), Murakami has successfully introduced his artists into the artworld. Murakami’s personal career is still flourishing: two solo gallery shows (in Hong Kong and LA) and one institutional show, Takashi in Superflat Wonderland, at Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul. His debut feature film, Jellyfish Eyes (2013), had its international premiere in April. And the Japanese makeup brand Shu Uemura has announced a cosmetics collection, titled Six Hearts Princes, based on Murakami’s 6HP anime project.