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Virgil Abloh and Takashi Murikami Offer “Glimpse of the Future” in Paris

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Virgil Abloh and Takashi Murakami at the vernissage of their Gagosian Gallery exhibition in Paris. Courtesy Karla Otto

The day following Virgil Abloh’s Louis Vuitton debut, the LV and Off-White creative director revealed a second collaboration with Japanese artist Takashi Murakami at the Gagosian Gallery in Paris. “We are driven by an innate ambition to make artworks that are shaped by societal observations—in a variety of media—which by their existence produce a new cultural impact,” stated Abloh in the exhibition’s release. Titled “Technicolor 2,” the new artistic proposal, following Abloh and Murakami’s first collaboration, Future History, at Gagosian London, features digital illuminated paintings and sculptures featuring a “punk mash-up” of Abloh’s four-point arrow logo and Murakami’s smiling flower motif.

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Takashi Murakami and Virgil Abloh, “Times Nature,” 2018 acrylic on canvas mounted on board. Copyright Virgil Abloh and Takashi Murakami. Courtesy Karla Otto

On opening night, the artistic team drew an eclectic crowd. Gaia Repossi, Mos Def, Haider Ackermann, Lukas Sabat, and Kid Curdi were all in attendance. “We want to see the newest things,” Murakami stated. “That is because we want to see the future, even if momentarily. It is the moment in which, even if we don’t completely understand what we have glimpsed, we are nonetheless touched by it. This is what we have come to call art.”

Murakami & Abloh “Technicolor 2.” Until July 22, Gagosian Gallery, Paris

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Gaia Repossi and Takashi Murakami at the exhibition. Gagosian Gallery, Paris. Courtesy Karla Otto

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Mos Def, Kid Curdi, and Virgil Abloh at the vernissage, Gagosian Gallery, Paris. Courtesy Karla Otto

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