Will gentle rain: in the «Garage» exhibition artist Murakami

© AFP 2017 / Mike ClarkeЯпонский artist Takashi Murakami. Archival photoWill gentle rain: in the «Garage» exhibition artist Murakami© 2017 AFP / Mike Clarke

The exhibition is one of the most famous Japanese contemporary artists Takashi Murakami «Will gentle rain» opened at the Museum of modern art «Garage», it covers several periods of his creativity — from the beginning of 1990-ies up to our days.

«Our exhibition takes place in the framework of the year of Japan in Russia. In our humble opinion, she opens it. It all started with our trip in November, when our curator, Kate Fowle went into the Studio to Takashi, he we were warmly received and impressed by the scale of his talent. Then we never stopped, not once visited, they slept in boxes, discussing the exhibition, selected logos, sang karaoke, ate strange food in General, carried out all to learn more about Japan,» said the Director «Garage» Anton Belov.

According to him, worked on the project over a hundred people from the Museum and studios of Murakami. He expressed hope that the exhibition attendance will break all previous records of the Museum. The exhibition was prepared within two years. As noted by exhibition curator Ekaterina Inozemtseva, it consists of five sections, each dedicated to a particular phenomenon of Japanese culture, formally or semantically mastered the art practice in Murakami.

So, the first Chapter «Geijutsu» explores the relationship Murakami with Japanese tradition. Section is the starting point for one of the most important conceptual subjects of the exhibition, extending through the entire exposure and is associated with a special attitude of the Japanese to any consistent and daily work. The second Chapter «the Kid» and «Fat man» refers to the tragically famous bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. So called nuclear bombs that the Americans dropped on Japanese cities.

«This Chapter covers the Japanese love everything cute and cuddly and at the same time to the horrors of the Holocaust. At first it seems that these two feelings are far from each other, but in fact it is a reflection of the same concept. We like to look at all sweet and at the same time on movies with monsters. I began to explore this topic and created an exhibition in America. You understand that historically, the US and Japan have a rather complicated relationship,» said the artist.

According to Inozemtseva, the third Chapter is «Kawaii» draws attention to the fact that all art forms are equal and there is no low and high styles. Section explores the connection between art Murakami and the aesthetics of kawaii, the Japanese seized popular culture and permeating all spheres of life in Japanese society. Here you can see the film of authorship of Murakami’s «jellyfish Eyes», which demonstrated for the first time in Russia. Murakami said that the idea came to him during the earthquake in Japan in 2011, when the disaster in near real time was shown on television, and it was like a Hollywood movie, although it actually happened.

«A few days later, an explosion occurred at the nuclear plant, and I realized that I need to escape from Tokyo as the disaster was very close to the city. I had the same feeling I had when I was little, when I watched the movie about Godzilla, but this time it was real,» explained the artist, adding that on a film he spent seven million dollars, and the second part is 21 million.

The fourth section of the exhibition «Sutajio» located in part of the Museum, which became the Studio Murakami. Visitors can see how the process of creating paintings and work on the exhibition, while the fifth part «Asobi and kazari» is directly incorporated into the space of the Museum and set in his navastone spaces — café and bookstore, stairs, and façade. Section reveals the playful nature of the works of Murakami and his desire to decorators and distribution of ornamental energy that is inherent in Japanese art tradition.