Takashi Murakami: Kaikai Kiki

Pop goes the easel - the prolific Japanese artist brings his superflat take on life to the Serpentine

Serpentine Gallery

12 Nov 2002 to 26 Jan 2003

Takashi Murakami: Kaikai Kiki

This, the first presentation of Takashi Murakami’s work in the UK, included his paintings, sculptures and wallpaper made from 1999 to the time of the exhibition.

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These recent works included Murakami’s 1993 invention, Mr DOB, a comic-like character that became his signature, logo and alter ego and makes a regular appearance in his paintings, sculptures, T-shirts and other merchandise. Murakami’s recent paintings showed Mr DOB morphed into a half-cartoon, half-monster figure.

In 2000, Murakami created two new characters, Kaikai and Kiki, who featured prominently in Murakami’s new work. Their names recall the term 'kaikaikiki' used in the late sixteenth century to describe the work of the painter Eitoku Kanô as being both ‘powerful and sensitive’.

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Pop goes the easel - the prolific Japanese artist brings his superflat take on life to the Serpentine

Takashi Muraki 2002

Takashi Muraki 2002

Takashi Muraki

2002
Installation view from the exhibition Takashi Murakami, Serpentine Gallery, London (12 November – 26 January 2002)