Shams El Mutwalli Dubai
Japanese artist Takashi Murakami’s artwork will be featured on the cover of Vogue Japan’s October issue.
The artist’s most recent painting, Cherry Blossoms Fujiyama JAPAN, will be the focus of the cover along with Murakami’s characters Kaikai and Kiki—two of the many others that reoccur in the artist’s work.
Kaikai is white and resembles a rabbit, whereas Kiki is three-eyed and pink.
Both Kaikai and Kiki have also appeared in Murakami’s TV show.
This Vogue issue is special as it falls under the hope theme series launched by the magazine.
All Vogue editions worldwide will come together in alignment with the Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour’s statement that “we all need hope in our lives, now more than ever.”
As a result, “Vogue decided to bring all the global editions together around this optimistic, humane, forward-looking theme” said Wintour.
Vogue Japan’s Editor-in-Chief spoke with Murakami about his cover and how his art is expected to change amidst COVID-19.
He revealed that it already has, and recently his theme has been realism in the online world.
The Japan October issue is expected to be accompanied by an exclusive interview with the artist, centring on the topic of hope.