Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents Takashi Murakami: "The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg"
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth will present the highly anticipated major retrospective, Takashi Murakami: “The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg,” showcasing more than three decades of Murakami's paintings, from his earliest mature works to his most recent, never-before-seen paintings. Across over 50 works, this seminal exhibition reveals the consistent, universal themes that have guided the artist's work, reflecting his exquisite level of craft and insightful engagement with history.
One of the most imaginative artists working today, Murakami has created a colorful cast of characters inspired by folklore, art history, and popular culture that blurs the boundaries between high and low, ancient and modern, Eastern and Western. His signature style, which he calls "Superflat," pairs traditional Japanese painting techniques with a contemporary, anime-inspired aesthetic within a flattened picture plane. The title of the exhibition is a Japanese folk saying that hints at the process of rejuvenation. An octopus in distress can chew off a damaged leg to ensure survival, knowing that a new one will grow in its place. Similarly, Murakami often feeds off his own prior imagery, or that of Japanese history, in order for new work to emerge.