Thursday, March 27, 2008

Murakami Vuitton Bags to be Sold at Brooklyn Museum

A different kind of exhibit is slated to open on April 5 and run through July 13 at the Brooklyn Museum. According to the Daily News, a new line of Louis Vuitton bags designed by Takashi Murakami, "considered the Andy Warhol of Japan," will be on view and for sale at the Museum next month. Murakami is well known for his initial collaboration with the famous handbag maker - the limited edition Cherry Blossom line. (And another example.)

While some local folks quoted in the Daily News article thought the exhibit was out of place, a representative from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles said the exhibit was their "most successful show of a living artist ever."

According to Wikipedia:
Murakami’s style, called Superflat, is characterized by flat planes of color and graphic images involving a character style derived from anime and manga. Superflat is an artistic style that comments on otaku lifestyle and subculture, as well as consumerism and sexual fetishism.

I for one would love to see this exhibit, although I doubt I'll be leaving with a bag. The exhibit is supposed to serve as a preview before the bags actually go on sale at stores.

Art and sculpture, as well as the Murakami bags and other less expensive merchandise, will be on view at the museum on April 5-July 13. For information, visit. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for older adults and students with valid ID; children under 12 are free.

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