The Cycle of Arhat opens Thursday, July 24, an exhibition by Takashi Murakami. The Cycle of Arhats will be hosted in the exhibition hall of the Caryatids of the Royal Palace.
It is an exhibition curated by Francesco Bonami, celebrating the sculptor and painter born in Tokyo in 1962 and described by Time magazine in 2008 as “the most influential representative of contemporary Japanese culture.”
The exhibition of Takashi Murakami focuses, as the title suggests,on the cycle of Arhat, built in 2014, and already exhibited with great success in the most important galleries in the world. Upon completion of this cycle works is the first live-action feature film from director Takashi Murakami, Jellyfish Eyes.
The Cycle Arhat, a term which in Sanskrit means “a being who has reached a state of enlightenment” includes two sculptures and a series of works devoted to the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Takashi Murakami is a versatile artist who combines painting with the drawing and the manga comics, creating works that are colorful and lively. Takashi Murakami is also known to have designed, along with Marc Jacobs, a collection of handbags for Louis Vuitton.