Credit: Takashi Murakami/Gagosian

Exclusive: New Takashi Murakami Exhibition Includes Massive Paintings, Unique NFT Gift

BY Langston Thomas

May 24, 2023

Today, May 24, the prominent global network of art galleries, Gagosian, has announced an innovative new exhibition in collaboration with critically acclaimed multimedia artist Takashi Murakami. Entitled Understanding the New Cognitive Domain, the exhibition will open on June 10 at the gallery in Le Bourget, France, and focus on Murakami’s monumental paintings while paying homage to his Web3 endeavors.

Although there will undoubtedly be fanfare surrounding what comes as Murakami’s debut exhibition with Gagosian in France, the significance of Understanding the New Cognitive Domain lies within the physical works available for viewing. Notably, the renowned Japanese creator will unveil a massive painting inspired by the iwai-maku (stage curtain) he created for the Kabuki-za theater in Tokyo in 2022.

Similarly, Murakami’s 2010 extended-format painting called Dragon in Clouds – Indigo Blue — which was created in response to Soga Shōhaku’s famed 1763 masterpiece, Dragon and Clouds — will be on full display adjacent to numerous other paintings, works in smaller formats, and sculptures.

Credit: Takashi Murakami/Gagosian

In highlighting the crossover between fine art and NFTs, the exhibition, which runs through December 22, will also include several “lucky cat” paintings that reference Murakami’s robust and respected ventures into Web3. Additionally, Murakami’s iconic smiling flower motif takes center stage in various works, such as a two-meter rainbow neon sign, illustrating a link between his large-scale physical undertakings and digitized offerings like the Murakami.Flowers PFP collection.

Takashi Murakami’s Flower Jet Coin NFT.
Takashi Murakami’s Flower Jet Coin NFT. | Copyright: Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd.

As part of the exhibition’s opening day festivities, Murakami has designed a special NFT gift exclusively available to visitors of the June 10 reception at Gagosian, which takes place from 3 – 6 p.m. These unique NFTs will be minted on-demand and on-site at Le Bourget and limited to one per person. A dedicated giveaway booth will be set up at the exhibition, providing attendees with the opportunity to claim their digital gift and participate in an interactive experience.

Editor’s note: This article was written by an nft now staff member in collaboration with OpenAI’s GPT-4.

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