Hundred-metre dash | Gentlemachines |
Like the show—one of his biggest and his first in the Middle East—Mr Murakami’s work marries seemingly incompatible opposites. Though he is one of the world’s most recognisable artists, his pieces are designed to conceal the hand of the artist. Long a critic of Japan’s conservatism and fatalism, he has also been moulded by Japan’s post-war consumerism, imagery and fixations. Mr Murakami has become a global brand, but he could not be anything other than Japanese.