“Fun, fun, fun”—The Boston Globe

Contemporary works by Takashi Murakami, one of the most imaginative and important artists working today, are juxtaposed with treasures from the MFA’s renowned collection of Japanese art. The exhibition reveals how Murakami’s contemporary vision is richly inflected by a dynamic conversation with the historical past, framed by a creative dialogue with the great Japanese art historian, Professor Nobuo Tsuji. Together, Murakami and Professor Tsuji have chosen the objects on view in the exhibition, including paintings and sculpture created by the artist in direct response to Japanese masterpieces from the MFA’s collection, such as Soga Shōhaku’s 35-foot-long Dragon and Clouds (1763), and the Heiji Scroll (second half of the 13th century)—one of the most famous Japanese works of art outside of Japan.

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Generously supported by the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation.

Additional support provided by Davis and Carol Noble and an anonymous funder.

Presented with support from the Corporate Innovation Consortium: Vertex Pharmaceuticals, General Catalyst, Leerink Partners, and the Shah Family Foundation.

Media sponsor is The Boston Globe.

Hotel partner is Mandarin Oriental, Boston.