Lineage of Eccentrics is an exhibition resulting from the collaboration between Takashi Murakami and Japanese art historian Nobuo Tsuji to bring the artist’s work into contact with Japanese masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts collection. from Boston. This juxtaposition reveals how the contemporary vision of Murakami, pop and tart, is richly inspired by traditional Japanese art. His works, both irreverent and tinged with popular culture have made him one of the most recognized Japanese artists today. Her gay and contemporary temperament, however, does not reveal her deep erudition and passion for Japanese painting, one of the oldest and finest of Japanese visual arts, encompassing a wide variety of genres and styles … Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics, the catalog of the exhibition, presents key examples of Murakami’s work alongside a rich selection of Japanese masterpieces spanning several centuries and arranged on this occasion according to concepts developed by the artist. one of his mentors, the Japanese art historian Nobuo Tsuji. Beautifully illustrated by Tsuji’s selections from the prestigious Japanese art collection at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, as well as some of Murakami’s most famous canvases and sculptures, the book is a great success. The combination of old and new in this innovative work enriches our understanding and shows us how contemporary art can be seen as part of a continuum or lineage. The 208-page book also contains texts by Anne Nishimura Morse, Matthew Teitelbaum, as well as a fascinating conversation between Nobuo Tsuji and Takashi Murakami.

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