January 26, 2021

Takashi Murakami Talks About Chicago Retrospective

CHICAGO FETES MURAKAMI: Takashi Murakami is receiving a major retrospective, “The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg,” at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago — the artist’s first museum survey in North America in 10 years, and top names from art, music, fashion and political circles converged to celebrate the exhibit and the MCA’s 50th anniversary last Saturday. More than 600 guests attended the gala, including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Amy Rule; Leslie Bluhm; Marc Ecko; Ikram Goldman; Desiree Rogers; artists Nick Cave, Hebru Brantley, Theaster Gates and Kerry James Marshall; art gallery owners Larry Gagosian, Easy Otabor, Emmanuel Perrotin, Jeff Poe and Tim Blum; countless socialites; and performer Janelle Monáe.
Guests were invited to preview the exhibit, its title taken from Japanese folklore, before sitting down to dinner in a Murakami-inspired setting with oversized light fixtures, painted with psychedelic Octopus imagery, looming over each table while the artist himself, dressed in an Octopus-inspired ensemble and hat, personally greeted guests — snapping photos and selfies and striking animated poses.
Curated by Michael Darling, the retrospective features 58 works, spanning 10,000 square feet of gallery space, and traces Murakami’s 30-year career from the 1980s to the present — including a never-seen-before, 114-foot-long,

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