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Takashi Murakami “Under the Radiation Falls”

PIGMENT holds workshops on traditional Japanese painting


Takashi Murakami’s “Under the Radiation Falls” exhibition is being held at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow until February 4, 2018. This large-scale exhibition presents his works in themes, including Geijutsu (Art, Learning and Technique) and Kawaii (cute). It also includes a replica of his studio in Saitama, giving visitors a glimpse into how Murakami makes his creations.

Image1As a public educational program affiliated with this exhibition, PIGMENT, a comprehensive facility for creativity that exhibits and sells rare painting tools and materials from various countries and historical periods in Tennoz Isle, offered Workshops on Traditional Japanese Painting by PIGMENT LAB WORKSHOP in October that allowed students to experience Japanese painting materials and techniques.

One of these techniques is Kira-zuri (mica printing). A pattern made with Kakishibu paper, which has been dyed using persimmon tannin, is applied to paper and decorated with mica powder and other effect pigments to create a design. The second is Tsugi-gami (traditional collaging), in which cut pieces of washi paper are arranged into a design to form a collage. The third is Mizu-uchiwa (Japanese hand fan), in which a design is painted on a fan with thin Ganpishi paper and coated with shellac varnish to make it translucent. The fourth is a Japanese painting experience using Iwa-enogu mineral pigments such as verdigris and ultramarine along with Sumi (Chinese ink) in a dripping technique called Tarashikomi. Around 20 students took part in each of the classes, using the techniques to create works of art.

The participants showed interest in many aspects of Japanese art in addition to Murakami’s works, and came with smart questions such as, “How do you make Kakishibu paper?” The courses themselves were very popular and applications were highly competitive. By going beyond anime, manga, and contemporary works and explaining the behind-the-scenes parts of the creative process, the workshops enhanced people’s understanding of Japanese art.

(Text: Naoko Aono)

Takashi Murakami “Under the Radiation Falls”
Dates: Now – February 4, 2018 (Sun)
Venue: Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (9/32 Krymsky Val, 119049, Moscow, Russia)
Times: 11:00 – 20:00, open every day
Admission: 500 rubles
Contact: Tel: +7 495 645 05 20

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