Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg

  • February 3, 2018 - May 6, 2018
  • Recurring daily
  • Location: Vancouver Art Gallery
  • Address:
  • 750 Hornby Street
  • Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7

February 3 - May 6, 2018

Vancouver Art Gallery

Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg is a major retrospective of Takashi Murakami’s paintings, presenting more than fifty works spanning three decades of the artist’s career. The first survey of Murakami’s work to be shown in Canada, this exhibition showcases the artist’s paintings from his earliest mature work to his recent large-scale projects, including a newly created five-metre-tall sculpture and three multi-panel paintings created specially for the Vancouver Art Gallery exhibition. This critical survey reveals the consistent themes and profound engagement with history that have guided Murakami’s practice. The paintings and sculptures in this exhibition highlight a dedication to craftsmanship and a boundless imagination moving freely within an ever-expanding field of aesthetic decisions and cultural inspirations, from Buddhist folk traditions to art history to popular culture. 

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Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg
750 Hornby Street