The KaiKai Kiki Gallery カイカイキキギャラリー

  • Published on : 20/12/2017
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Planète néo-pop

C’est un lieu emblématique de la scène artistique tokyoïte. Takashi Murakami a choisi le quartier de Motoazabu, près de Roppongi, le quartier des musées, pour implanter sa galerie KaiKai Kiki.

The Murakami Factory

Before being a gallery, Kaikai Kiki is the name of the company founded in 1996 by Japanese artist Takashi Murakami under the name Hiropon Factory.

"At that time", says the artist, "the 'factory' was nothing more than a small group of people who helped me create my sculptures and paintings."

It was in 2001 that this production workshop, largely inspired by Andy Warhol, became a real company, under the name of "Kaikai Kiki Co. Ltd ".

From the production of large-scale works of art to the management of artists to the sale of derivatives, the company today employs a hundred people in Tokyo and New York.

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"They deliver a speech that, beyond the apparent didactic clarity of their works, challenges the socio-political and ecological model of Japan."

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