The Japanese artist announces two new shows over the coming months with a trailer showing his ’500 Arhats’, a 100m-long painting created in response to the Great East Japan earthquake of 2011
This year’s Art Basel has been a triumph for Takashi Murakami, who was feted at a whimsical, star-studded dinner hosted by Galerie Perrotin, starring geishas and cosplay actors specially flown in from Japan. Also announced were two exhibitions taking place in the artist’s homeland over the next months – a major retrospective at Tokyo’s Mori Museum, and an exhibition of his private art collection, which stretches from Soga Shohaku to Anselm Kiefer. The exhibitions’ trailer shows ’500 Arhats’, a 100m-long painting created in response to the Great East Japan earthquake of 2011. Breathtaking in scale and meticulous in detail, it depicting the 500 enlightened followers of the Buddha and offers a humbling meditation of the power of faith in times when technology is stretched to its limits. It’s a truly riveting work that has only once been exhibited, and makes for a fitting centrepiece for the Tokyo show.