Hirst painting included in exhibition of Takashi Murakami's personal collection at Japanese museum

'Dreams of Magnificence' (2008-2009) goes on display at at the Yokohama Museum of Art alongside a range of pieces from the renowned artist's collection.

'Dreams of Magnificence' (2008-2009)

Photograph by Prudence Cuming Associates
©Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2016

8 February 2016

'Takashi Murakami’s Superflat Collection: From Shōhaku and Rosanjin to Anselm Kiefer', an exhibition of the renowned Japanese artist's private collection, has recently opened in Japan at the Yokohama Museum of Arts. It is the first large-scale public display of the artists's collection of contemporary art and includes Hirst's painting 'Dreams of Magnificence' (200-2009).

Murakami is renowned for his extremely polished works blending contemporary art and traditional Japanese painting, high culture and pop culture, East and West. Murakami has also been active as a curator, gallerist, and producer. In recent years, in particular, he has become an avid collector, acquiring a wide variety of artworks from Japan and beyond. This little known collection, while loosely focused on contemporary art, includes ancient Japanese and Asian artifacts, European antiques, contemporary pottery, and folk art and crafts.

Included in the exhibtion is Hirst's work 'Dreams of Magnificence'. This piece comes from a series of paintings Hirst began shortly after graduating from Goldsmiths (1989) after seeing flies get stuck on primed canvases in his Brixton studio. Taking this idea, but wanting to create something beautiful, Hirst started fixing the bodies of dead butterflies to monochrome gloss-painted canvases. Describing their visual effect as: “solid fucking gloss-paint horror,” the choice of household gloss is integral to the works, intended by Hirst to “look like an accident of paint with butterflies stuck on it”.[1]

Other artists included in the exhibition are Nobuyoshi Araki, Frank Benson, Maurizio Cattelan, Mark Grotjahn, Horst Janssen, Anselm Kiefer, Rosanjin Kitaōji, Friedrich Kunath, Matthew Monahan Grayson Perry, Anselm Reyle, David Shrigley, Shōhaku Soga, Lee U-fan and Nara Yoshitomo. 

The exhibition is open until 3 April 2016. 


[1] Damien Hirst cited in Damien Hirst and Gordon Burn, ‘On the Way to Work’ (Faber and Faber, 2001), 133