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It’s hard not to be impressed with all the things Takashi Murakami has done. Still shy of 40, he enjoys a level of international recognition shared by perhaps no more than a dozen of the world’s leading contemporary artists.

No surprise, then, that Murakami has now breezed into the Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art with a solo exhibition — a big, bright and bold extravaganza featuring some 100 paintings and three-dimensional works, numerous explanatory texts and documentary videos, and a schedule of events that includes an art competition, a sideshow for Murakami’s stable of assistants and associates, and a rock concert.

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