May 14 — Takashi Murakami is known for blending pop art with Asian art, but due to his latest exhibition in New York, he is moving to the Metaverse.
At the show “An Arrow Through History” at the Gagosian Gallery in Manhattan this week, Murakami will build a bridge from traditional art to Japanese pop art and the lively NFT, a digital token of original artwork.
Murakami told AFP that the younger generation was obsessed with screens and was concerned that they “did not understand the history of contemporary art.”
“They can hardly enjoy it, but with the plus of augmented reality, perhaps young people will open their eyes more and step into the contemporary art scene,” said a 60-year-old Japanese artist.
Nowadays, athletes, artists, celebrities and tech stars are marketing NFTs that use the same blockchain technology as cryptocurrencies.
“When we create creative works, we don’t distinguish between digital and analog,” Murakami said in a Gagosian statement.
“I always work in the context of contemporary art, which is all about being able to attend an event that has succeeded in triggering a cognitive revolution.”
“To the Metaverse”
Murakami painted a blue and white pattern of fish inspired by Chinese porcelain vases dating back to the Yuan dynasty (1279-1368) on a thick canvas and wooden structure.
Snapchat and augmented reality filters allow visitors to immerse themselves in the exhibition room via their mobile phone and stand in a digital image of a fish swimming in a physically realistic work of art.
“Japanese culture originally came from the Eurasian continent, and my concept was to go from there to the Metaverse and shoot through the history of art with a single arrow,” Murakami said in a statement.
Metaverse is an immersive virtual reality accessible with extended or virtual reality glasses, a concept that has been boosted in recent years.
Murakami, who was stuck at home during a coronavirus pandemic, told AFP, “I was seeing reality in my house. It was a very monumental moment.”
“For us, it was so stressful every day that we couldn’t get out,” he said — but his kids were able to enjoy VR.
“It meant that we had to change our minds to suit the next generation of children,” he said. “This is my first answer-the show.”
Takashi Murakami will also hold a special exhibition at the Broad Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, “Takashi Murakami: Stepping on the Tail of the Rainbow,” which will be held from May 21st to September 25th. — AFP
Takashi Murakami is moving to the Metaverse for his latest New York exhibition. — AFP pic