Ibiza takeover: Blum & Poe stage pop-up exhibition of Takashi Murakami's recent work

Ibiza takeover: Blum & Poe stage pop-up exhibition of Takashi Murakami's recent work
Blum & Poe are staging a pop-up exhibition in Ibiza for Japanese artist Takashi Murakami's newest work. Pictured: Dragon Heads – Gold, 2015, on show at Art Projects Ibiza. Courtesy of the artist, Kaikai Kiki Co., and Blum & Poe
(Image credit: Andrea Rossetti, Takashi Murakami's, Kaikai Kiki Co., and Blum & Poe)

The Los Angeles-based Blum & Poe gallery, which also has outposts in New York and Tokyo, is staging a pop-up in Ibiza. Taking place at the island's Art Projects space, the exhibition is a multi-platform showcase of Takashi Murakami's newest work. In addition to this, Lune Rouge Ibiza, Heart Ibiza and the Ibiza Gran Hotel will also be displaying selections of the Japanese artist's recent work and more seminal oeuvre.

And why has Jeff Poe decided to ship 40 works – ranging from the artist's archetypal tondo paintings to monumental sculptures – to the Balearic island? 'Guy Laliberté, a collector who lives there, reached out to us proposing a multi-platform project with Murakami,' he explains. Laliberté, it should be added, is the founder of Cirque du Soleil and a keen fan of Murakami's work –  his own holdings are also on view. 'Considering Murakami's openness and generous aesthetic practice, this opportunity fitted perfectly.' 

Blum & Poe's temporary gallery space features new versions of the artist's Flower Ball series, the faces of the painting – in a stark near-neon palette – now incorporating platinum leaf. Complementing those works is the artist's 2015 gold leaf sculpture Dragon Heads – Gold, comprised of a cascade of skulls.

Lune Rouge Ibiza is the makeshift home of Murakami's more monumental work, such as 69 Arhats Beneath the Bodhi Tree, 2013 – a ten foot wide acrylic, gold and platinum leaf piece depicting a plethora of mythical monsters and robed figures. That piece is flanked by two of the artist's demonic sculptures.
 
Equally compelling and even more imposing is Oval Buddha, an 18 foot-high sculpture coated in aluminium and platinum leaf, on show at the Ibiza Gran Hotel. Finally, the artist's 2013 live-action feature film Jellyfish Eyes will also be screened – a typically surreal sign-off to an already chimerical series.

Ibiza takeover: Blum & Poe stage pop-up exhibition of Takashi Murakami's recent work

In addition to this, Lune Rouge Ibiza, Heart Ibiza and the Ibiza Gran Hotel will also be displaying selections of the Japanese artist's recent work and more seminal oeuvre. Pictured: Sage, 2014 on view at the Ibiza Gran Hotel's casino. Courtesy of the artist, Kaikai Kiki Co., and Blum & Poe

(Image credit: Andrea Rossetti, Courtesy of the artist, Kaikai Kiki Co., and Blum & Poe)

Ibiza takeover: Blum & Poe stage pop-up exhibition of Takashi Murakami's recent work

Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté reached out to Jeff Poe, proposing a multi-platform project with Murakami.

(Image credit: Andrea Rossetti, Courtesy of the artist, Kaikai Kiki Co., and Blum & Poe)

Ibiza takeover: Blum & Poe stage pop-up exhibition of Takashi Murakami's recent work

New versions of Murakami's Flower Ball are on show. The work's neon face now incorporates platinum leaf.

(Image credit: Andrea Rossetti. Courtesy of the artist, Kaikai Kiki Co., and Blum & Poe)

Ibiza takeover: Blum & Poe stage pop-up exhibition of Takashi Murakami's recent work

Oval Buddha, 2007 is on view at the Ibiza Gran Hotel. The piece is more than 18 feet in height, and coated in aluminium and platinum leaf.

(Image credit: Andrea Rossetti, Courtesy of the artist, Kaikai Kiki Co, and Blum & Poe)

Ibiza takeover: Blum & Poe stage pop-up exhibition of Takashi Murakami's recent work

A selection of Kōrin paintings on show at Art Projects Ibiza.

(Image credit: Andrea Rossetti, Courtesy of the artist, Kaikai Kiki Co., and Blum & Poe)

Ibiza takeover: Blum & Poe stage pop-up exhibition of Takashi Murakami's recent work

One of Murakami's skull sculptures is also on view at the Ibiza Gran Hotel.

(Image credit: Andrea Rossetti, Courtesy of the artist, Kaikai Kiki Co., and Blum & Poe)

Ibiza takeover: Blum & Poe stage pop-up exhibition of Takashi Murakami's recent work

Embodiment of A and Embodiment of Um, 2014, are on show at Lune Rouge.

(Image credit: Andrea Rossetti, Courtesy of the artist, Kaikai Kiki Co., and Blum & Poe)

Ibiza takeover: Blum & Poe stage pop-up exhibition of Takashi Murakami's recent work

Also on display at Lune Rouge is the 2013 piece 69 Arhats Beneath the Bodhi Tree. The piece measures ten feet across, and depicts a plethora of mythical monsters and robed figures.

(Image credit: Andrea Rossetti, Courtesy of the artist, Kaikai Kiki Co., and Blum & Poe)

ADDRESS

Art Projects Ibiza
Calle Alcalde Bartomeu Roselló, Sala 9B
Ibiza, Spain 07800

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