8 Facts About Takashi Murakami

1. From 2002 until 2014, Takashi Murakami organized a unique direct-participatory art fair called Geisai.

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2. In February 2012, Takashi Murakami opened an exhibition in Doha, Qatar.

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3. In September 2010 Takashi Murakami became the third contemporary artist, and first Japanese, to exhibit at the Palace of Versailles in France, filling 15 rooms and the park with his sculptures, paintings, a decorative carpet, and lamps.

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4. In 2008, Takashi Murakami was named one of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People", the only visual artist included.

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5. In 2007, Takashi Murakami provided the cover artwork for rapper Kanye West's album Graduation and directed an animated music video for West's song "Good Morning".

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6. In 1996, Takashi Murakami launched the Hiropon Factory, his production workshop, in order to work on a larger scale and in a more diverse array of media.

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7. In 2000, Takashi Murakami published his "Superflat" theory in the catalogue for a group exhibition of the same name that he curated for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

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8. In 1994, Takashi Murakami received a fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council and participated in the PS1 International Studio Program in New York City for a year.

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