Galerie Perrotin Paris
16 Oct → 21 Dec 2019
From Tuesday to Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm. Closed Sunday & Monday.
Japanese artist Takashi Murakami returns to the Paris gallery with about thirty works. This is the artist's 14th solo exhibition at the Perrotin gallery since he met Emmanuel Perrotin in 1993. The large room will be dedicated to Mr. DOB, the iconic character created by the artist in 1993. For this exhibition, the artist created six new portraits of Mr. DOB in shaped canvas, canvases whose frames follow the shape of the character. Mr. DOB's design has been inspired by several animated figures such as Doraemon, Sonic and Mickey Mouse. Its name is a diminutive of the expression "dobojite" meaning "why" in Japanese slang. Accompanying Takashi Murakami in his existential questions, the DOB character developed a complex psychology to become an avatar of the artist. On the lower level, the visitor discovers a recent series of "Fish Paintings", inspired by an original motif painted on a vase from the Chinese Yuan dynasty (around 1206-1368). First shown in France, this series is another aspect of his work inspired by traditional Japanese painting.