Sunday, June 24, 2012

Impressions from Takashi Murakami exhibition

                                Salsa jeans, Zara shirt, Pimpkie vest, Top shop hat, Zara flats

I love Qatar. I don't really know how long we will stay here. But I'm trying to catch any opportunity to visit interesting places, exhibitions and to see something new here. This time to Doha came famous Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. He works in fine arts media—such as painting and sculpture—as well as what is conventionally considered commercial media —fashion, merchandise, and animation— and is known for blurring the line between high and low arts. Perhaps one of the most distinct features of the exhibition was Murakami’s largest painting to date, Arhat Painting, stretching 100 meters and wrapping around three sides of the main gallery space. Most spectacularly, for me was that the artist depicted himself as a larger than life inflatable creature, greeting visitors at the entrance of the exhibition, turning the show into a giant self-portrait.

Another thing, which surprised me about Murakami, the news about his collaboration with fashion house Louis Vuitton for a range of handbags and wallets. In 2003, Takashi Murakami with Marc Jacobs masterminded the new Monogram Multicolored canvas range of handbags and accessories. This range includes the monograms of the standard Monogram Canvas, but in 33 different colors on either a white or black background. (The classic canvas features gold monograms on a brown background.) Murakami also created the Cherry Blossom pattern; in which smiling cartoon faces in the middle of pink and yellow flowers are sporadically placed atop the Monogram Canvas. This pattern appeared on a limited number of pieces. Do you remember them?

                          ( Actually I've never liked them ;) 

 Well, Louis Vuitton and Murakami have collaborated again, coming up with a new series of little wallets in a multicolored print that, let’s be honest, looks almost exactly like the colorful 2003 print that was such a departure from the normal brown-and-gold LV colors.

 Of course celeb already rockin’ those bags and one of the first, was spotted with the Monogramouflage Speedy 35, is one of my favorites ~ Rihanna!

What do you think about the new look of classical Louis Vuitton bags?

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