The secret of Takashi Murakami’s “smiling” flowers
It is true that the omnipresent smiling flowers of Takashi Murakami are very iconic, but not everyone understands the true meaning of the smile. It is revealed by the artist himself that the radiant smile on the face of the flowers is a fake presentation of happiness. Murakami said, ‘Once, there was a kid telling me after looking at the flowers, “I don’t think that is a genuine smile, and there seems to be some hidden meanings.” The kid was right. Well interpreted.’ In the form of cute cartoon flowers, Murakami combines the Japanese “kawaii” culture with his melancholy and ambivalence towards life. Through a “superflat” and repetitive approach to his art, Murakami also explores the popular culture and consumer culture in the modern world, and questions the classification of high art and low art.
Image: Prayer at the Festival, 2018
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