Special Exhibition
Takashi Murakami: Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow
May 21 - Sep 25, 2022
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Takashi Murakami is one of the most widely recognized artists working today. His body of work traverses fine art, fashion, animation, film, and other commercial art.

Murakami’s expansive artistic universe will be on view in Takashi Murakami: Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow, the artist’s first solo exhibition at The Broad.

The exhibition, which includes all of Murakami’s works in the Broad collection and key loans, features 18 works created throughout his career and new immersive environments developed in tandem with the artist and his studio, Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd.

In these works, spanning sculpture, painting, wallpaper, and immersive installations, the artist explores subject matter such as globalization, postwar Japan, pop culture, and religious iconography.

Among the works presented are two of the artist’s monumental paintings, the 32-foot-wide 100 Arhats (2013) and the 82-foot-wide In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow (2014), and the 1999 sculpture DOB in the Strange Forest (Blue DOB) that features Murakami’s iconic anime-inspired character Mr. DOB.

Image credit (top): Takashi Murakami, In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow (detail), 2014. Acrylic on canvas. The Broad Art Foundation. © 2014 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved


Receive free access to Takashi Murakami: Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow every Thursday evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and all day during operating hours on July 5 in honor of the Independence Day holiday. Reserve free advance tickets. 

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Timed tickets will be released on Friday, April 15, at 10 a.m. PT at ticketing.thebroad.org.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for students (with valid student ID), and free for children 17 and under.

Tickets include same-day access to the special exhibition This Is Not America's Flag and same-day general admission to The Broad’s third floor galleries, which feature a frequently changing selection of works from the Broad collection.

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AR Features

New Augmented Reality and Immersive Features to Launch with Murakami Exhibition

For Takashi Murakami, the explosive interest in the metaverse and in virtual and augmented realities (AR) constitutes a societal and cultural sea change. Developed as part of the special exhibition with the artist, in partnership with Spark AR, Instagram, and BUCK, Murakami uses AR experiences to connect his paintings and sculptures with these emergent realities and technologies. 

Inside and outside of The Broad, experience AR features that exist on top of and in relation to the physical world. Through the Instagram app, Murakami characters step out of their physical forms and into a ghostly digital existence, harbingers of what is yet to come for Murakami’s work and thinking (update your Instagram app to the latest version to use).

Highlighted Artwork

Takashi Murakami
acrylic on canvas
118 1/8 x 984 1/4 x 2 7/8 in. (300 x 2500 x 7.3 cm)
Takashi Murakami
acrylic and platinum leaf on canvas mounted on board, signage in platinum and gold leaf
71 x 84 x 2 in. (180.34 x 213.36 x 5.08 cm)
Takashi Murakami
sterling silver
61 1/2 x 31 3/4 x 30 3/4 in. (156.21 x 80.65 x 78.11 cm)
Takashi Murakami
fiber-reinforced plastic, resin, fiberglass, acrylic and iron
60 x 152 x 137 in. (152.4 x 386.08 x 347.98 cm)
Takashi Murakami & Virgil Abloh
Acrylic on canvas mounted to board
100 Arhats
Takashi Murakami
Acrylic, gold and platinum leaf on canvas mounted on board