MURAKAMI - MUSHROOM BOMB (PINK)

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Offset lithograph printed in colors on smooth wove paper, 2001

Signed and numbered on lower right, recto

Edition of 300

Unframed: 19.69" x 19.69"

Published by Kaikai Kiki Co. Ltd., Tokyo

As the founder of the Superflat movement, Takashi Murakami uses imagery from Japan’s pop culture to explore the meaning of kawaii, also known as the quality of cuteness in Japanese culture. Murakami indeed considers the development of kawaii as Japan’s response to World War II and the atomic bomb. As a way to distance the viewer from the real horrors of war, including the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Murakami uses a cartoonish filter in his works, just seen here. In “Mushroom Bomb (Pink),” the mushroom cloud is shaped like a skull with two large eyes, painted against an almost fluorescent pink background.