Healing
Chiho AOSHIMA, Yukimasa IDA, Kasing LUNG, Emi KURAYA, MADSAKI, Takashi MURAKAMI, Shin MURATA, OB, Otani Workshop, Aya TAKANO, Yuji UEDA, TENGAONE
group show
October 17
- November 28, 2020
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PARIS
2bis Avenue Matignon

75008 PARIS France









Perrotin Matignon is pleased to present Healing, an exhibition of works by Kaikai Kiki artists Chiho Aoshima, Yukimasa Ida, Emi Kuraya Kasing Lung, MADSAKI, Takashi Murakami, Shin Murata, ob, Otani Workshop, Aya Takano, TENGAone and Yuji Ueda.


This exhibition comes after a first episode of this group show curated by Takashi Murakami last summer at Perrotin Seoul.

Courtesy of the artists, Kaikai Kiki and Perrotin.

Healing explores the multifaceted and eccentric universe that is Takashi Murakami’s Superflat and the far-reaching and deep influence of Japanese ceramic arts in the context of Bubblewrap. Where in the West art is predicated on the differences between ‘highbrow’ and ‘lowbrow’ culture, ‘original’ and ‘derivative,’ ‘art’ and ‘commodity,’ Superflat establishes itself as an independent lineage of Japanese contemporary art that roots itself in anime and manga.

When [artworks] are produced, the artists and all those involved continue to work as though in prayer, never stopping until “beauty” that is apparent to any beholder emerges, no matter how many years it takes. As the times change, doubts may emerge, and the purpose for forging ahead may get lost at times. But when they force the production to propel through the finish line, fundamental “beauty” emerges; that is when a work worthy of devotion is born.



— Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami first coined the term Superflat in his examination of postwar Japanese society, where the boundary between traditional and contemporary culture was perceived to be ‘flat’. Past and present, original and derivative, highbrow culture and lowbrow culture merge as one in Superflat, subverting the discourse of Western conventional divisions and challenging their legacy in the contemporary art landscape with an idiosyncratic Japanese sensibility.


The radical affiliation and lack of distinction between post-war Japan’s fine arts and popular arts is strongly linked to otaku culture. In its infantile and marginal existence, the world of otaku could be seen as similar to post-war Japanese society. This isolated world establishes one of fantasy, rooted in the need to overcome reality – a reality where otaku (as social outcasts) are excluded from mainstream society and its value systems.

MADSAKI
Every Breath You Take, 2020
150 × 116 cm | 59 1/16 × 45 11/16 inch
Acrylic paint, aerosol on canvas
©2020 MADSAKI/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin
Kasing LUNG
Nest, 2020
118.9 × 84.1 cm | 46 13/16 × 33 1/8 inch
Acrylic on canvas
©2020 Kasing Lung. All rights reserved. Courtesy Perrotin
TENGAONE
BMA/Bluebird, 2020
Ø : 71.5 cm | 28 1/8 inch
acrylic paint on mdf
©2020 TENGAone/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin
Yukimasa IDA
Mori, 2020
100 × 80.3 cm | 39 3/8 × 31 5/8 inch
Oil on canvas
©2020 IDA Studio Inc. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin

The theme of alienation and/or disconnect is prevalent in the works of MADSAKI and TENGAone, although not themselves otaku. Both artists are heavily influenced by graffiti and use the medium to express the frustration and feeling of estrangement brought about by their bicultural identities. Street art is also an influence for Kasing Lung, whose’s work is influenced by the economic and cultural boom of the 80’s. The fastness and emergency of life run throughout Yukimasa Ida’s work, which is deeply marked by the theme of “ICHI-GO-ICHI-E” (a once in a lifetime moment).

Courtesy of the artists, Kaikai Kiki and Perrotin.
OB
A Girl on a Boat, 2016
46 × 27.5 cm | 18 1/8 × 10 13/16 inch
Oil on canvas
©2016 ob/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin

In a Superflat world, the otaku becomes the true driver of contemporary culture. As part of the new generation of artists who grew up in an environ-ment where video games and social media have always been part of daily life, also known as Japan’s SNS generation, ob explores the dreamy filter of the feminine psyche through kawaii elements: sweet, saturated colour; cartoon-like forms; and over- scaled heads with wide eyes and baby faces.

Courtesy of the artists, Kaikai Kiki and Perrotin.

This intersection of reality and fantasy is an important dimension of Superflat that is perhaps best illustrated in the works of Chiho Aoshima and Aya Takano. Both artists present the viewer with fantastical worlds of a utopian nature. Aoshima’s liminal spaces are populated by female characters who are transformed into mountains and rivers, disguised as fairies or represented as living creatures in the natural world. This breakdown of the boundaries between humans and animals or plants, and between organic creatures and inanimate objects is echoed in Aya Takano’s oeuvre. The latter’s floating figures, unphased by the restrictions of gravity, are at one with the universe, conversing with other-worldly animals and plants. There is no hierarchy in either Aoshima or Takano’s work, all cohabitate in perfect harmony, all are equal, much like Superflat itself.

Emi KURAYA
My Girl, 2020
91 × 72 cm | 35 13/16 × 28 3/8 inch
Oil on canvas
©2020 Emi Kuraya/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin

This soft fantasy is also reminiscent in Emi Kuraya’s works. Her delicate brush stroke and highly-skilled drawing ability have brought up the sense light-weighted feeling in her oil painting. By her daily observations, Emi confers unique and strong personal style in each of her characters.

Courtesy of the artists, Kaikai Kiki and Perrotin.
Yuji UEDA
Untitled, 2020
29 × 29 × 29 cm | 11 7/16 × 11 7/16 × 11 7/16 inch
Ceramic
©️2020 Yuji Ueda/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin
Shin MURATA
Guardian dog covered in ash, 2020
26.3 × 9.6 × 15.1 cm | 10 3/8 × 3 3/4 × 5 15/16 inch
25.5 × 9.8 × 14.2 cm | 10 1/16 × 3 7/8 × 5 9/16 inch
Ceramic
©2020 Shin Murata/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin
Otani Workshop
Standing Boy, 2020
74 × 33.5 × 26.5 cm | 29 1/8 × 13 3/16 × 10 7/16 inch
Ceramic
©️2020 Otani Workshop/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin

A new generation of Japanese ceramicists that Murakami dubs “radical artists”: Shin Murata, Yuji Ueda and Otani Workshop shed the principle of artisanal technique and adopt the posture of artists, pushing the boundary between ceramics and sculpture (or as Superflat would have it, between ‘commodity’ and ‘art’). Their unique pottery methods merge a respect for tradition and lineage with improvisation and experimentation, in a body of work informed by their love of nature and sustainable lifestyle.

Superflat focuses not only on contemporary art, but extends itself to contemporary ceramics. However, it is Bubblewrap, a term humorously coined by Takashi Murakami to describe the interim period between Mono-ha and Superflat overlapping with Japan’s bubble economy, that best reflects the modern realm of ceramics. Indeed, the rise and maturation of ceramic art is juxtaposed with Japan’s Bubble Economy era. It is at this time that the “ceramics of modern life” appear. These ceramics represent a shift and new phase in the history of ceramics: their popularization. Ceramics thus become, like manga and anime, another popular art of post-war Japanese culture.

Courtesy of the artists, Kaikai Kiki and Perrotin.
Takashi MURAKAMI
Ensō: Beauty, 2020
unframed : 29 × 30 cm | 11 7/16 × 11 13/16 inch
framed : 38 × 39 × 4 cm | 14 15/16 × 15 3/8 × 1 9/16 inch
Ink on chemex coffee filter
©2020 Takashi MURAKAMI/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin.

The exhibition features for the first-time ink calligraphies on coffee filter papers by Takashi Murakami. In these imaginative calligraphic works on used coffee-filters, Murakami brings together a number of his key concerns into an innovative form. The artist studied calligraphy from when he was five to when he was seventeen – mostly at the insistence of his mother, who is passionate about calligraphy and talks about it “in every conversation that we have”, as Murakami himself says.


The five used Chemex coffee-filter calligraphies have a strong poetic and Zen Buddhist quality: the work displayed in the middle is the character for “beauty” (either bi or utsukushi in Japanese pronunciation) surrounded by an Enso, the freehand circle drawn with a brush that followers of Zen Buddhism paint as a form of spiritual practice, and of free, unencumbered motion. For Murakami, born in 1962, it is also a reminder of the way in which technology, and computer culture more specifically, grew hand in hand with the rise of a New Age form of philosophy, in which both high-tech and meditative practices were getting popular.


Healing illustrates the undeniable importance of Superflat and Bubblewrap in the contemporary art scene, disrupting the symbolic order of Western Art History. Incessantly moving between past, present and future, while mixing high culture and popular culture indiscriminately, is a “superflat” group of works devoid of prejudice or boundaries: a truly free expression of creativity and beauty.

Courtesy of the artists, Kaikai Kiki and Perrotin.
List of artworks
ROOM 1
Chiho AOSHIMA
Cats Resting On Stupas, 2009
unframed : 26 × 21 cm | 10 1/4 × 8 1/4 inch
framed : 35 × 30 × 3.2 cm | 13 3/4 × 11 13/16 × 1 1/4 inch
Watercolor and color pencil on paper
©2009 Chiho AOSHIMA/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin.
Chiho AOSHIMA
Mini-Geisha's Evening Drink, 2008
unframed : 20 × 27 cm | 7 7/8 × 10 5/8 inch
framed : 29 × 36 × 3.2 cm | 11 7/16 × 14 3/16 × 1 1/4 inch
Watercolor and color pencil on paper
©2008 Chiho AOSHIMA/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin.
Chiho AOSHIMA
Ikebana Moimoi, 2010
unframed : 22.3 × 27.5 cm | 8 3/4 × 10 13/16 inch
framed : 31.5 × 36.5 × 3.2 cm | 12 3/8 × 14 3/8 × 1 1/4 inch
Watercolor and color pencil on paper
Tanguy Beurdeley
Chiho AOSHIMA
Bonsai Girl, 2008
unframed : 24.5 × 20 cm | 9 5/8 × 7 7/8 inch
framed : 33.5 × 29 × 3.2 cm | 13 3/16 × 11 7/16 × 1 1/4 inch
Watercolor and color pen on paper
©2008 Chiho AOSHIMA/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin.
Chiho AOSHIMA
On A Festival Night Near Harajuku, 2009
unframed : 39.5 × 15 cm | 15 9/16 × 5 7/8 inch
framed : 48.5 × 24 × 3.2 cm | 19 1/8 × 9 7/16 × 1 1/4 inch
Watercolor and color pencil on paper
©2009 Chiho AOSHIMA/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin.
Chiho AOSHIMA
I'm Yuukaku, 2009
unframed : 27 × 15 cm | 10 5/8 × 5 7/8 inch
framed : 36 × 24 × 3.2 cm | 14 3/16 × 9 7/16 × 1 1/4 inch
Watercolor and color pen on paper
©2009 Chiho AOSHIMA/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin.
Chiho AOSHIMA
A Walk In The Graveyard, 2009
unframed : 20.8 × 18.3 cm | 8 3/16 × 7 3/16 inch
framed : 29.8 × 27.4 × 3.2 cm | 11 3/4 × 10 13/16 × 1 1/4 inch
Watercolor and color pencil on paper
©2009 Chiho AOSHIMA/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin.
Chiho AOSHIMA
Skeleton House 2, 2009
unframed : 24.2 × 17 cm | 9 1/2 × 6 11/16 inch
framed : 33.2 × 26 × 3.2 cm | 13 1/16 × 10 1/4 × 1 1/4 inch
Watercolor and color pencil on paper
©2009 Chiho AOSHIMA/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin.
MADSAKI
Every Breath You Take, 2020
150 × 116 cm | 59 1/16 × 45 11/16 inch
Acrylic paint, aerosol on canvas
©2020 MADSAKI/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin.
Yukimasa IDA
Mori, 2020
100 × 80.3 cm | 39 3/8 × 31 5/8 inch
Oil on canvas
©2020 IDA Studio Inc. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin
Otani Workshop
Boy, 2020
184.5 × 96.5 × 3 cm | 72 5/8 × 38 × 1 3/16 inch
Acrylic on board
Photographer: ©️2020 Otani Workshop/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy: Perrotin
Takashi MURAKAMI
SEIKA Blue Flower, 2020
unframed : 29 × 30 cm | 11 7/16 × 11 13/16 inch
framed : 38 × 39 × 4 cm | 14 15/16 × 1 3/16 × 1 9/16 inch
Ink on chemex coffee filter
©2020 Takashi MURAKAMI/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin.
Takashi MURAKAMI
SETSUGEKKA Snow Moon Flower, 2020
unframed : 29 × 30 cm | 11 7/16 × 11 13/16 inch
framed : 38 × 39 × 4 cm | 14 15/16 × 15 3/8 × 1 9/16 inch
Ink on chemex coffee filter
©2020 Takashi MURAKAMI/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin.
Takashi MURAKAMI
Blue White Summer Sky, 2020
unframed : 29 × 30 cm | 11 7/16 × 11 13/16 inch
framed : 38 × 39 × 4 cm | 14 15/16 × 15 3/8 × 1 9/16 inch
Ink on chemex coffee filter
©2020 Takashi MURAKAMI/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin.
Takashi MURAKAMI
Snow Bird Plum, 2020
unframed : 29 × 30 cm | 11 7/16 × 11 13/16 inch
framed : 38 × 39 × 4 cm | 14 15/16 × 15 3/8 × 1 9/16 inch
Ink on chemex coffee filter
©2020 Takashi MURAKAMI/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin.
Takashi MURAKAMI
Ensō: Beauty, 2020
unframed : 29 × 30 cm | 11 7/16 × 11 13/16 inch
framed : 38 × 39 × 4 cm | 14 15/16 × 15 3/8 × 1 9/16 inch
Ink on chemex coffee filter
©2020 Takashi MURAKAMI/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin.
Takashi MURAKAMI
Ensō: Beauty, 2020
unframed : 29 × 30 cm | 11 7/16 × 11 13/16 inch
framed : 38 × 39 × 4 cm | 14 15/16 × 15 3/8 × 1 9/16 inch
Ink on chemex coffee filter
©2020 Takashi MURAKAMI/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin.
Takashi MURAKAMI
Beauty & Death, 2020
unframed : 29 × 30 cm | 11 7/16 × 11 13/16 inch
framed : 38 × 39 × 4 cm | 14 15/16 × 15 3/8 × 1 9/16 inch
Ink on chemex coffee filter
©2020 Takashi MURAKAMI/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin.
Yuji UEDA
Untitled, 2018
50 × 46 × 52 cm | 19 11/16 × 18 1/8 × 20 1/2 inch
Ceramic
©️2018 Yuji Ueda/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy: Perrotin
Yuji UEDA
Untitled, 2019
12.2 × 12 × 12 cm | 4 13/16 × 4 3/4 × 4 3/4 inch
Ceramic
©️2019 Yuji Ueda/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy: Perrotin
Yuji UEDA
Untitled, 2020
29 × 29 × 29 cm | 11 7/16 × 11 7/16 × 11 7/16 inch
Ceramic
©️2020 Yuji Ueda/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin
Yuji UEDA
Untitled, 2019
12.1 × 12 × 12 cm | 4 3/4 × 4 3/4 × 4 3/4 inch
Ceramic
©️2019 Yuji Ueda/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy: Perrotin
Yuji UEDA
Untitled, 2020
11 × 11 × 11 cm | 4 5/16 × 4 5/16 × 4 5/16 inch
Ceramic
©︎2020 Yuji Ueda/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. Courtesy Perrotin
Yuji UEDA
Untitled, 2019
14 × 14 × 14 cm | 5 1/2 × 5 1/2 × 5 1/2 inch
Ceramic
©️2019 Yuji Ueda/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy: Perrotin
Aya TAKANO
Blooming, 2020
60.6 × 50 cm | 23 7/8 × 19 11/16 inch
Oil on canvas
©2020 Aya Takano/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin.
Shin MURATA
Guardian dog in Shino and Red Shino, 2020
28 × 10.5 × 15.5 cm | 11 1/16 × 4 1/8 × 6 1/8 inch
27.5 × 10 × 15 cm | 10 13/16 × 3 15/16 × 5 7/8 inch
Ceramic
©️2020 Shin Murata/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin
Shin MURATA
Guardian dog with black glaze, 2020
23.7 × 9.6 × 14.6 cm | 9 5/16 × 3 3/4 × 5 3/4 inch
24.2 × 9.1 × 14.4 cm | 9 1/2 × 3 9/16 × 5 11/16 inch
Ceramic
©️2020 Shin Murata/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin
Shin MURATA
Guardian dog covered in ash, 2020
26.3 × 9.6 × 15.1 cm | 10 3/8 × 3 3/4 × 5 15/16 inch
25.5 × 9.8 × 14.2 cm | 10 1/16 × 3 7/8 × 5 9/16 inch
Ceramic
©2020 Shin Murata/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin
ROOM 2
Otani Workshop
Standing Boy, 2020
74 × 33.5 × 26.5 cm | 29 1/8 × 13 3/16 × 10 7/16 inch
Ceramic
©️2020 Otani Workshop/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin
OB
A Girl on a Boat, 2016
46 × 27.5 cm | 18 1/8 × 10 13/16 inch
Oil on canvas
©️2016 ob/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy: Perrotin
OB
An Air, 2017
60.5 × 45.8 cm | 23 13/16 × 18 1/16 inch
Oil on canvas
©️2017 ob/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy: Perrotin
Emi KURAYA
My Girl, 2020
91 × 72 cm | 35 13/16 × 28 3/8 inch
Oil on canvas
©2020 Emi Kuraya/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin
Kasing LUNG
Nest, 2020
118.9 × 84.1 cm | 46 13/16 × 33 1/8 inch
Acrylic on canvas
©2020 Kasing lung. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin
TENGAONE
BMA/Bluebird, 2020
Ø : 71.5 cm | 28 1/8 inch
acrylic paint on mdf
©2020 Tengaone/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin