Takashi Murakami at The Broad – Larchmont Buzz

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Two special exhibitions, Takashi Murakami: Walking on a Rainbow’s Tail and This Is Not America’s Flag, open today at The Broad Art Museum. (left photo of The Broad.org, all other photos of Megan Derry)

Buzz art contributor and photographer Megan Derry visited The Broad for a preview of ‘Takashi Murakami: Walking on the Tail of a Rainbow’ and ‘This Isn’t America’s Flag’, opening today at The Art Museum Broad.

After more than two years without a new show, The wide Downtown Los Angeles Museum of Art Features Work by Takashi Murakami “In the land of the dead, walking on the tail of a rainbow” next to “This is not the American flag.

They are two separate but equally powerful shows that complement each other perfectly. And the viewer can easily slip between adjacent rooms to experience these works as a continuous dialogue about culture and politics.

Takashi Murakami

The 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.
The Fukushima nuclear disaster.
A global pandemic.

And Instagram.

All of these forces collide in Murakami’s expression of the current state of dissonance and distorted reality.

Looking deep into Murakami’s renderings, beyond the beautiful bright colors and seemingly cheerful characters, one is confronted with blatant demons, a whirlwind of skulls, and wizened Taoist hermits. It brilliantly combines classic Japanese drawing technique with anime and manga to achieve a deceptive commentary on the nature of man. These characters reflect a myriad of themes, ranging from traditional Japanese mythology to contemporary reflections on violence, consumerism, technology and fantasy. It is however not lost on the public that this artist has also managed to earn a lot of capital by collaborating with luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton. Decide for yourself whether he is commenting or conniving.

The 82-foot-long title work of the exhibition is a literal spectacle. One could spend two hours in front of this unique work and only grasp a fraction of its depth. Worth a repeat visit.

“It’s not the American flag” is a multimedia dissertation on the many and varied ways in which the American flag has been used, misused, confused, and waved in political and popular culture for nearly three centuries, both in this country and around the world.

More than 20 artists are represented in this show and include the expected – Jasper Johns, Jaar and David Hammons – as well as Laura Aguilar, Nicole Eisenman and several others.

The commercialization of “America” ​​through the use of the flag shares gallery space with works that powerfully depict how Native Americans and brown and black Americans were excluded from shelter or commerce and in fact been abused, under this same banner.

As a note to the reader, these shows will be free to the public on June 16 and July 4.

Both shows open today, Saturday May 21. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for students, children 17 and under are free and have access to two special exhibitions, “Takashi Murakami: Walking on the Tail of a Rainbow” and ” It’s Not America’s Flag,” and include same-day general admission to The Broad’s third-floor galleries, which feature a frequently changing selection of works from the Broad collection.

Tickets do not include access to events which require separate reservations or Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room – Souls of Millions of Light Years (2013). To experience Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room, book separate “Infinity Mirrored Room + General Admission” tickets.

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