The Broad’s will open Saturday with two specially ticketed exhibitions, featuring a new exhibition featuring iconic Japanese artist Takashi Murakami.
TonAkashi Murakami: Stepping on the Rainbow’s Tail is the artist’s first solo show at The Broad and features 18 works, including the 82-foot-long painting that inspired the exhibition’s title, The land of the dead, on the tail of the rainbow. Fans of Takashi Murakami will be familiar with most of what is shown here, including the 32-foot wide 100 Lohanor DOB in Strange Forest (Blue DOB), featuring the artist’s most famous characters and alter ego. But there is also something new.
In addition to the artwork, visitors can also access a set of augmented reality experiences created specifically for the exhibition in collaboration with Takashi Murakami design studio Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. Think of these AR creations as if you were playing Pokémon GO. You’ll scan a QR code at access points inside and outside the museum, which will open your Instagram app where you can view overlays through the IG Stories filter. They range from the giant Mr. DOB hanging from the outside lawn like a hot air balloon, to a pair of demons standing at the entrance to the exhibit.
Also open on Saturday this is not an american flag, a group show that questions the symbolism of the American flag through a selection of works by more than 20 artists including Jasper Johns, Alfredo Jarre, Cindy Sherman, and David Hammons . The combination of voice and criticism makes the flag an open question, tied to themes of cultural erasure, oppression, consumerism and even gun violence.
Both exhibitions are in the ground floor galleries, and since these are specially ticketed, you’ll need to pay $18 (or $12 for students) to get in when you book a timed slot in advance. But to all my bargain hunters, don’t worry.
The Broad will also provide Free admission Two ticketed exhibitions every Thursday from 5-8pm starting June 2, with free admission to the June 19 (June 19) and July 5 (Independence Day) exhibitions. Free tickets are released on the last Wednesday of every month at 10am, so be sure to set your calendar.
TonAkashi Murakami: stepping on the tail of the rainbow and this is not an american flag It will officially open to the public on May 21 and will be on display until September 25, 2022. Advance reservation is required.Get more information and book tickets thebroad.org. Check out more photos from the two exhibitions below.