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Louis Vuitton "A Passion for Creation" in Hong Kong

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Louis Vuitton has just opened a new art exhibit in Hong Kong to display some of the inspirational works (both direct and indirect) behind their line. The show is entitled “A Passion for Creation” and the Hypebeast team was on hand to get some exclusive pics…

Some oversized vintage movie posters with a light monogram print over them were plastered all over the Museum for the event.


Obviously there was plenty of Takashi Murakami, as he brings some of his print designs to life.

Stephen Sprouse works were also on display. I love that Sid Vicious piece.

Inspirational artists from all over the world were featured in the event, and many more pics of the show can be seen here.

Open until August 9th at the Hong Kong Museum of Art.

-john-

via HypeBeast

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May 22, 2009 at 2:04 pm

Louis Vuitton "A Passion for Creation" in Hong Kong

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Louis Vuitton has just opened a new art exhibit in Hong Kong to display some of the inspirational works (both direct and indirect) behind their line. The show is entitled “A Passion for Creation” and the Hypebeast team was on hand to get some exclusive pics…

Some oversized vintage movie posters with a light monogram print over them were plastered all over the Museum for the event.


Obviously there was plenty of Takashi Murakami, as he brings some of his print designs to life.

Stephen Sprouse works were also on display. I love that Sid Vicious piece.

Inspirational artists from all over the world were featured in the event, and many more pics of the show can be seen here.

Open until August 9th at the Hong Kong Museum of Art.

-john-

via HypeBeast

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May 22, 2009 at 2:04 pm

Louis Vuitton x Takashi Murakami Store in Tokyo

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As the collaborations and special releases continue from Louis Vuitton, there is now a new Takashi Murakami redesigned Omotesendo LV store in Tokyo




The Tokyo store was completely done over in Murakami designs, including a huge plush character as a center attraction. As you can see Murakami was there for the unveiling also.

-john-

via BBC/IC

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April 27, 2009 at 2:20 pm

Louis Vuitton x Takashi Murakami Store in Tokyo

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As the collaborations and special releases continue from Louis Vuitton, there is now a new Takashi Murakami redesigned Omotesendo LV store in Tokyo




The Tokyo store was completely done over in Murakami designs, including a huge plush character as a center attraction. As you can see Murakami was there for the unveiling also.

-john-

via BBC/IC

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April 27, 2009 at 2:20 pm

Supreme – 10 Years of Decks

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Yea I’m somewhat tight about my most recent Supreme experience and I probably won’t be giving them my money any time soon BUT I can see past that and still respect the history and art behind their now 10 years of skateboard deck history.

OG Supreme logo decks circa 1998

Supreme Pantone by Ryan McGuiness circa 2000

Supreme Larry Clark Decks circa 2005, Supreme Public Enemy Decks ’06, Supreme Jeff Konns Decks ’06

Supreme Kaws Decks circa 2001, Supreme Bandana Decks ’01

Supreme Richard Prince Decks circa 2007, Supreme Andrei Molodkin Decks ’04

Supreme Logo Stained Wook Decks circa 2008, Supreme Futura Decks

Mr. for Supreme Decks circa 2007, Takashi Murakami for Supreme Decks ’07

Supreme Last Supper Decks circa 2002

Supreme Dan Colen Decks circa 2003

Supreme Marilyn Minter Decks circa 2008, Supreme Sean Cliver Decks ’08

Supreme Kermit Decks circa 2008, Supreme LV Monogram Decks ’00 (got recalled after 2 weeks due to a lawsuit)

The ever classic Supreme Logo Deck

Pretty amazing to look back and see the names and the talent that have produced really unique skate decks for Supreme over these past 10 years. Especially cool knowing that some of these go for thousands of dollars now not as skateboards but as art, which shows just how far street art and culture has come from a small niche and evolved into something that artists, designers, and most importantly the fans of it all take very seriously. So we owe a lot to the Supremes, Bapes, Kaws, Futuras, and other OG brands and artists that lead us here no matter how much they change over time.

Respect.

-john-

via jakedavis & supreme

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January 9, 2009 at 2:28 pm

Murakami Lecture @ Christie’s HK

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Sometime yesterday afternoon I found out that Japanese artist Takashi Murakami was going to be giving a lecture at Christie’s Hong Kong. Well, somehow I was able to register for the event last minute and got to see a really good speech.

Great Fall day in HK, weather was perfect.
Seeing this display when you’re really thirsty is like finding an oasis in the desert. As a huge water fan I was rather excited to see this line up and especially to see Fiji in Hong Kong for the 1st time.

Ok ok, back to the topic, this man.

In his speech/ presentation he showed a bunch of movies and clips from his own Kaikai Kiki co. These few caps are from Kanye West’s Good Morning video.

Then I got a quick picture with the man, he’s an awesome guy.

Murakami gave a really interesting lecture on the eclectic Otaku culture of Japan and how they influence and are influenced.
The Otaku culture is basically a huge group of people who just completely immerse themselves in anime, manga, certain Otaku pop stars, video games, etc. Murakami jokingly said himself after showing a video of these people, “Yes, they are pretty uncool.” But he explained that every subculture is going to be seen as uncool of you don’t understand it and can’t relate. Using himself as an example, Murakami went on saying that when he used to live in America for a few years he loved to listen to the Smashing Pumpkins, however upon returning to Japan the music was dull because he no longer was able to breath the air that they did and feel their inspiration. He follow by saying how hard it is for people outside of Japan to relate to the culture especially because they don’t know what daily life is like in Japan and why people are driven to live an Otaku life.
While Japan appears to be perfect and people live normal lives, there are many people who don’t feel fulfilled or satisfied with their lives. This leads back to the constant Identity issues that the Japanese are always faced with. This all being the reason that the Otaku culture is so popular. If people find no value in their own daily lives, what better to do than become obsessed with the lives of characters in comics, shows, and games. The downside of this as Murakami said is that many of these people are socially inept and the crowd of mostly men remain single (the 46 year old artist admitting that he himself is still unmarried). He described them as junkies, but games and comics are their drug.

In closing Murakami took some questions, and in short:
-He doesn’t think that the financial crisis should hurt the Japanese art scene much, and he still plans to hold Geisai at least once or twice a year to continue the artistic boom in Japan.
-Fashion in 15 years will be led by the Otaku culture, even though now it is only a small market almost exclusively to Japan.
-It doesn’t matter if his fans fully understand the impact and meaning behind some of his and other pop and superflat art (since it’s much deeper than cute girls singing and animals talking). He just enjoys that the genre is out there and being enjoyed. Plus, some of it doesn’t make any sense at all in the first place.

It was quite a good lecture with tons of visual aid, which always helps. He’s a really awesome guy and his vision is all about peace in the world, and he tries to bring that through his art.

“Art is a miracle created by the human race which could bring about a revolution without bloodshed.”
– Takashi Murakami’s definition of Art

-john-

ps. kindly don’t quote this, it’s just my understanding from my notes and memory of what he said. Thanks

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November 29, 2008 at 3:04 am

Murakami Hits Louis Vuitton 5th Ave

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Getting ready for the upcoming holiday season, Louis Vuitton decided to get Takashi Murakami once more to make a huge storefront display all over their 5th Ave store in Manhattan.
Trust me, you can’t miss it…

No word on exactly how long the display will be up but I would imagine (hope) it will last through the end of the year at least. So if you are in NYC, definitely worth the stop.

Address:

Louis Vuitton 5th Ave Store
1 East 57th Street (corner or 57th and 5th Ave)
New York, NY 10022

-john-

via wwd

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November 9, 2008 at 7:39 am