Louis Vuitton and Takashi Murakami’s ‘Flower Parent and Child’ Sculpture Takes Center Stage at the Kyocera Museum of Art

Kyocera Museum of Art

The iconic collaboration between Louis Vuitton and Takashi Murakami, embodied in the captivating Flower Parent and Child sculpture, has found its home at the prestigious Kyocera Museum of Art in Kyoto, Japan. Originally unveiled in Tokyo in 2020, this stunning installation now graces the museum’s halls as part of the immersive Takashi Murakami — Mononoke Kyoto exhibition, featuring a remarkable collection of 170 works by the celebrated Japanese contemporary artist.

Conceived as a beacon of optimism amidst the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the collaboration between the renowned French fashion house and Murakami has birthed a symbol of hope that resonates deeply with viewers. Nestled serenely atop a tranquil pond within the museum’s verdant garden, the resplendent Flower Parent and Child sculpture gleams in radiant gold, perched upon a monumental Monogram Multicolor Trunk reminiscent of the iconic design from Louis Vuitton and Murakami’s groundbreaking 2003 collaboration. Retaining the essence of the original trunk with its canvas facade, intricate metal accents, and sturdy wooden construction, Murakami masterfully integrates these elements into the sculptural rendition, infusing it with his distinctive artistic flair.

Standing an impressive 13 meters tall, the sartorial masterpiece commands attention as one of the many awe-inspiring works showcased within the exhibition. Among the array of captivating pieces on display, Murakami’s newly-conceived Rakuchū-Rakugai-zu Byōbu: Iwasa Matabei RIP series captivates with its exploration of cardinal directions, while the enigmatic Hexagonal Double-Helix Tower serves as a guardian against disruptive forces, adorned with symbols of divine significance.

The Takashi Murakami — Mononoke Kyoto exhibition at the Kyocera Museum of Art promises an enriching journey into the visionary realm of one of Japan’s most revered contemporary artists. Open to the public from March 8 to September 1, this extraordinary showcase invites visitors to delve into the intricacies of Murakami’s artistry and immerse themselves in the profound symbolism embodied by each compelling creation. Take a closer glimpse into the transcendent beauty of the Flower Parent and Child sculpture and explore the enchanting world of Murakami’s artistic legacy in the gallery above.