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    Artist Takashi Murakami says ‘Konnichiwa’ to Boston

    Contemporary artist Takashi Murakami in his studio in Japan last week.
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    Contemporary artist Takashi Murakami in his studio in Japan last week.

    Museum of Fine Arts staffers, including Anne Nishimura Morse, the MFA’s William and Helen Pounds Senior Curator of Japanese Art, paid a visit to contemporary artist Takashi Murakami at his studio in Japan this week. In the fall, the museum’s mounting “Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics,” an exhibition pairing the artist’s distinctive work with selections from the MFA’s own collection. (For example, Soga Shohaku’s 36-foot “Dragon and Clouds,” which the MFA owns, will be exhibited alongside Murakami’s version of the masterpiece.) Younger, hipper folks may know Murakami from his high-profile collaborations with fashion house Louis Vuitton, singer Pharrell, and rapper Kanye West, whose album, “Graduation,” features the artist’s work on the cover.

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