If the Double Helix Wakes Up...

Takashi Murakami (Japanese, born in 1962)


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


Medium or Technique

Acrylic on canvas mounted on wood

Out on Loan

On display at Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Japan, February 18, 2018 – July 1, 2018


Asia, Contemporary Art



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.


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

Credit Line

Catherine and Paul Buttenwieser Fund


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