On April 12, 2023, the third floor of BEXCO Auditorium in Busan was abuzz with excitement. Takashi Murakami, the globally renowned pop art maestro, graced the stage donning a peculiar hat adorned with three tiers of face dolls wearing glasses.
The event, is part of the retrospective exhibition ‘Takashi Murakami: Murakami Zombies’ at the Busan Museum of Art.
The Artist’s Love for K-Pop: A Light-Hearted Moment
During the two-hour artist talk, Takashi Murakami openly expressed his admiration for K-pop, particularly the group NEWJEANS. When asked to address the Korean audience, he humorously stated, “I am a fan of New Jeans. I would be grateful if you could meet me once,” eliciting laughter from the crowd.
A Dream Come True: The Subsequent Meeting in Japan
Fast-forward a few months, and the iconic Japanese artist’s wish was granted. NEWJEANS met with Murakami in Japan, much to the artist’s delight.
Sweet Gestures: Cookies and Iconic Logos
In a heartwarming move, Murakami prepared cookies for NEWJEANS, featuring the group’s Newjeans Bunny logo alongside his signature Murakami flowers.
Art and K-pop
Previously, NEWJEANS had sported RTFKT x Takashi Murakami x Nike Air Force 1 NFT sneakers at an event, hinting at a possible collaboration.
Fan Speculations: A Future Collaboration?
With the face-to-face meeting in Japan, fans are now eagerly speculating about an upcoming collaboration.
What do you think about the potential collaboration between the two? Let us know in the comments below.
In the meantime, you might like: