If the Double Helix Wakes Up...

2002
Takashi Murakami (Japanese, born in 1962)


Dimensions

250.2 x 399.4 cm (98 1/2 x 157 1/4 in.) overall 3 panels, each 98 1/2 x 52 1/4 in.

Accession Number

2002.108

Medium or Technique

Acrylic on canvas mounted on wood

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Contemporary Art

Classifications

Panels

Murakami blends traditional Japanese painting, a love of Pop Art, and the influence of manga, Japanese comics. Bright colors and action-packed compositions support his signature character (and alter ego) Mr. DOB. With his round ears and expressive face, Mr. DOB, inspired by Mickey Mouse, often appears sweet, but here we see the sinister side of Murakami’s star. The title and swirling forms refer to DNA—Mr. DOB has mutated, now a highly distorted figure with sharp fangs and beady eyes.

Provenance

The artist; with Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, 2002; to MFA, Boston, 2002

Credit Line

Catherine and Paul Buttenwieser Fund

Copyright

Courtesy Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York ©2002 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.