Monsters And Magic Of Japan’s Andy Warhol Comes To Sydney

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His art has graced monogrammed Louis Vuitton handbags and an album cover for rapper Kanye West, and his signature otaku flowers are, in his native Japan, as recognizable as the cans of soup by Andy Warhol, the cultural icon to whom he is constantly compared.

The work of Japan’s art world superstar Takashi Murakami is coming to Sydney next summer as part of a blockbuster exhibition that will delve into the supernatural and otherworldly creatures created by Japanese artists across the centuries.

Japan Supernatural will draw on paintings, prints, classic Japanese cinema, and animation as well as sculpture, contemporary comics and games to feature what the Art Gallery of NSW’s director, Michael Brand, describes as an ”astonishing parade of magical animals, fiendish imps, legendary monsters and otherworldly phantoms”.

It’s a wildly different offering from the gallery’s current show of masterpiece works by Matisse, Picasso, Kandinsky, Cézanne and Malevich from the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg.

 

 

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