lifestyle • 20 Jun, 2017
Takashi Murakami Releases Facebook Messenger Frames
Japanese artist celebrates major US respective with fun designs
Renowned artist Takashi Murakami has collaborated with Facebook to issue three unique photo frames for users of the messaging app to mark the opening of his new show in Chicago.
The frames feature three anime-like designs: ‘smiling daisies,’ ‘Mr. DOB,’ and a pink octopus that the Japanese artist has created specifically for his show at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA).
The show, entitled ‘Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg’ is a major retrospective of the artist’s work. Spanning more than 30 years, the collection features over 50 individual works that are rooted in traditional Japanese painting and folklore.
Organisers say the show attempts to highlight the artist’s interest in the ‘contemporary influences of globalization, media culture and the continued threats of nuclear power.’ It runs at the Chicago MCA from 6 June to 24 September.
For those that can’t make the show, the photo frames are available to all Facebook Messenger users: just take a picture and then scroll through the frames to the ‘featured’ selection to bring some Murakami to your selfie.
Words by Rebecca Jones