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Takashi Murakami ‘Ego’ Exhibition at Al Riwaq Exhibition Hall

Renowned Japanese artist Takashi Murakami is holding an exhibition titled ‘Ego' at the Al Riwaq Exhibition Hall in Doha, Qatar. This exhibition is the artist’s first exhibition in the Middle East, showcasing more than 60 works and is the single largest display of Murakami’s artwork that span from 1997 to the present. According to Design Boom, ‘the overall presentation depcits the portrait of the artist as a cartoon, illuminating his role as a cipher and critic of pop phenomena, as well as a mirror of global networks of consumerism, interpretation and exchange.’ Murakami’s exhibition combines elements of contemporary culture and art history, while also experimenting with joyful characteristics that is displayed in his work.

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An Interesting Article on the Art Market

Takashi Murakami’s “As the Interdimensional Waves Run Through Me, I can Distinguish Between the Voices of Angels and Devil” (2011)

Despite financial volatility in the European economies, it appears that many rich art collectors are looking to luxury art as a safe haven for investments. Last week, art dealers, collectors and exhibitors from around the world gathered at one of the biggest international art fairs, the Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain (FIAC) in France. The fair was a tremendous success, beating its English rival Art Basel, based on price points and the diverse collection of artists. According to, this year’s FIAC “has been hailed by dealers and visitors alike as one of the best editions ever of the 38-year-old event, if not the best.” The Paris event showcases pieces by emerging artists and pieces by high profile artists. Some of the works included a 1960s Picasso “Musketeer” painting, a sculpture of 100 fish by Damien Hirst valued at $2.8 million and a 2.7 meter Manga-style Takashi Murakami painting of a dog on a pile of skulls valued at $2 million (shown above). The FIAC is held at the Grand Palais, Paris, through Oct. 23.

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