Friday, April 03, 2009
Takashi Murakami “inochi”.
Takashi Murakami his solo exhibition "inochi" will be held in Tokyo at the Kaikai Kiki gallery from April 3 - April 16. I'm not a big fans of Takashi Murakami, but I do like the design of this "inochi". There will be "inochi" action figures available.
Fashioned with an astounding attention to detail, the inochi action figure is a small-scale replica of the original sculpture, created by world renowned toy manufacturer Medicom Toy. Like its larger counterpart, which was subject to over six years of work before reaching completion, the action figure has been in planning for nearly three years. The result features a level of perfection that exceeds that of a mere toy and accords it the status of a work of art. The figure also comes with costuming, in the form of inochi’s school uniform and rucksack, both of which are removable. Each figure will be available with costumes in 5 colors, identical to those worn by the original, and also as a special set of 5.
The figures were produced in separate limited editions of 200 each and all, of course, are personally autographed by Takashi Murakami. Prices vary, with the ED120 edition valued at 150,000 yen (approximately $1500). A select number of the figures are scheduled to be on sale at the exhibition venue.
Takashi Murakami created a life size "inochi" back in 2004, it was a stunning piece and I felt he got some crazy imagination. I will keep my eyes open for this figure.