Flowers & Skulls
For his first solo exhibition in Hong Kong, Takashi Murakami will present a new group of original works in multiple variations on two of his signature motifs: flowers and skulls. Infinitely repeatable, flowers and skulls have been prominent symbols in Murakami’s visual language since they first appeared in his work in the early 1990s. Murakami has used a near identical flower form for more than twenty years in a quest to universalise this malleable symbol which holds mass appeal. The skulls first appeared in his Time Bokan series (1993–), which borrow their skull-shaped mushroom cloud from the eponymous Japanese TV animé series from the 1970s. The new skulls, multilayered and intricately rendered, debuted in 2010 and are featured in the current exhibition.
是次展覽為村上隆於香港舉行的首場個人展覽，展出的一系列原創新作皆以其常用的花及骷髏圖案作主題。這兩大主題於1990年代初首次出現於村上隆的作品， 自此不斷重複出現，成為村上隆獨有的藝術語言。二十多年來，村上隆也使用幾乎相同的花朵圖案，希望將這個普及和深受喜愛的圖案成為人所共知的藝術元素。此 外，他於《時間孤舟》(Time Bokan)系列(1993-)中首次使用骷髏圖案，靈感來自1970年代日本同名動畫中的骷髏型蘑菇雲。於是次展覽中展出的新骷髏圖案於2010年創 作，層次更豐富，構圖亦更精細複雜。