“Future History” Exhibit – Takashi Murakami x Virgil Abloh

We take a look at two pieces from the recently launched "Future History" Exhibit by Takashi Murakami and Virgil Abloh.

Off-White™ founder Virgil Abloh and whimsical contemporary artist Takashi Murakami recently launched their much anticipated exhibit at the Gagosian Gallery in London. The dynamic duo have been building fans’ appetites by teasing us with an onslaught of pieces via their social media accounts.

The exhibition comprises of large-scale paintings, sculptures and an installation that is heavily influenced by Off-White™ motifs and logos, and Murakami’s iconic lineup of anime characters.

Here are two pieces from the collection that we would very much like to see for ourselves.

Kyoto Ensō, 2018

This piece is reminiscent of the iconic Off-White™ yellow industrial belts. The pair of paintings have the round symbol and “HOLLOW” spray painted over well aligned yellow branding. According to the Gagosian’s Instagram, “Kyoto Ensō” reveals the moment when art and fashion languages meet in gestures rooted in both genres’ history

The round symbol is called Enso. It’s a perfect circle and is how zen buddhists express their version of wabi-sabi. They believe that the open version depicted in the painting above has both a beginning and an end, reminding us that there is a start and finish to all things. The incomplete circle points out the flaws and imperfections of existence, and how we should appreciate and understand the things in life in the time they exist.

Times Nature, 2018

If you’re a long time fan of Murakami’s most emblematic motif - adorable candy-colored smiling flora - you will love this piece, which consists of two smiling flowers mounted on Off-White™ motifs. The flower was introduced when the artist was preparing for his entrance exams for the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts, and he embraced these little graphic bundles of joy for more than nine years, even teaching prep students how to to draw flowers.

Fun fact: Murakami is not a fan of flowers.

There are also a limited amount of t-shirts priced at £288 to commemorate the launch, but unfortunately, they are only available for pick up at the gallery. (Sucks for the rest of us!)

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