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Takashi Murakami
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The name's Takashi Murakami. I'm an artist.
The name's Takashi Murakami. I'm an artist.

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This photo was taken on March 11, 2011, the day of the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami. The earthquake happened in the middle of our daily production routine and there were several staff who were unable to return home afterward, so we huddled together for dinner and watched the terrible reality unfold on TV. This was also two days before the scheduled opening of our yearly art fair GEISAI and as a result, we were forced to cancel the entire event.

What has happened in Japan since that day is an ongoing nightmare from which we cannot awake. My own personal feelings about these circumstances were channeled into November 2011's New Day Charity Auction at Christie's and my film Jellyfish Eyes.
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Akihabara Majokko Princess, 2009. I was commissioned to make a video piece for the "Pop Life" exhibition at Tate Modern and enlisted the help of Hollywood director Mcg and actress Kirsten Dunst.
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Inochi, 2004. 

The initial inspiration came from reading about the then still unfilmed script for Stanley Kubrick's AI. Later, the Spielberg version was released but the Robot Boy I imagined was more grotesque and less easily lovable. I made that the theme of my work and also made a series of short films to go with it.
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A photo from our recent staff banquet in New York. Over 60 people came, including family members and past staff. It's always interesting to me the differences that emerge when holding these events in America and Japan.
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DOB in the Strange Forest (Blue DOB), 1999
!N CHA!, 2001

I always strive to allow my images to reach their greatest potential by testing them in different mediums.
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Today is a study session for the Miyoshi staff.

In Japan, there is little to no understanding of the genre that is contemporary art, while anime and manga are considered the pinnacle of artistic achievement. Most talented young people will study with a professional coach during high school and then publish their debut at 18 or 19, without proceeding on to college. The usual thinking is that those who fall through the cracks in this process can then go on to refine their studies at an Art University. From Art school, the
cream of the crop will enter into the video game, anime, advertising, or architecture industries. Those few who go on to pursue contemporary art are, again, the ones that fell through the cracks. Recognizing this situation, I believe that it is necessary for these young people to think deeply about what their goals and mission are from that point and as an established artist, as well as company president, I present them with lectures on these points.
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Get to know Luxor
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When robbed of four limbs, against all odds, the heart is set free., 2007
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My production schedule at the time of this photo verged on the impossible. No equipment, no money, no sleep. Circa 2006.
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Second Mission Project Ko2 Advanced (jet airplane type), 1997-‑2007
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