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  • 02.02.2018

    Superstar Japanese artist Takashi Murakami opens stunner of a show in Vancouver

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      Superstar Japanese artist Takashi Murakami opens stunner of a show in Vancouver

      Behind the rainbow splashes is a man of many contradictions, confident in his self doubt and profoundly provocative in his rejection of politics

      Japanese artist Takashi Murakami poses for photographs during a preview of his The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery on Feb. 1, 2018. 

      PHOTOS BY DARRYL DYCK/THE GLOBE AND MAIL 

      It feels like it has been rainy and grey on the West Coast for weeks, so to walk by the Vancouver Art Gallery right now is to receive a badly needed hit of colour and light. The smiley-face flowers beckoning from the windows of the building and the giant octopus-inspired murals on the grand façade facing busy Georgia Street are an invitation to step out of the rain, in every way.

      And once inside, wow. Entering the Takashi Murakami exhibition The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg is like bathing in brilliance; the bold and complicated beauty of the superstar Japanese artist's work is exactly the thing to jolt you out of your midwinter funk; an antidote to the blahs – or, if things are going well in your world, a complement to the la-la-las. Yet for all its perky dazzle, the show has its dark moments, equally exciting on the eyeballs.

      The show opens in Vancouver this weekend, after breaking attendance records at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. It's easy to see why it was such a hit. I had barely left the VAG before I felt like returning.

       

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