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'Takashi Murakami: The 500 Arhats'

MORI ART MUSEUM

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Staff Writer

Oct. 31-March 6

The Mori Art Museum is holding a special solo exhibition of contemporary artist Takashi Murakami. It has been 14 years since Murakami’s last large-scale exhibition in Japan, though he has been continually internationally praised, working on giant installations at prestigious venues, such as France’s Palace of Versailles and New York’s Rockefeller Center.

For this exhibition, he makes postwar Japan the main theme as he brings together the country’s otaku culture (anime, manga and more) with traditional Japanese art. His 2012 work “The 500 Arhats,” considered to be the largest painting in history (about 100 meters wide), is being shown in Japan for the first time and was originally produced as a way for Murakami to thank Qatar for providing aid to Japan soon after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.

Mori Art Museum; 53F Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo. Roppongi Stn. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (Tue. till 5 p.m.). ¥1,600. 03-5777-8600; www.mori.art.museum