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Yoshitomo Nara Exhibit

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Apr 1, 2021 Jul 5, 2021



5905 Wilshire Blvd
Miracle Mile, CA 90036 United States


“Yoshitomo Nara is among the most beloved Japanese artists of his generation. His widely recognizable portraits of menacing figures reflect the artist’s raw encounters with his inner self. A peripatetic traveler, Nara’s oeuvre takes inspiration from a wide range of resources—memories of his childhood, music, literature, studying and living in Germany (1988–2000), exploring his roots in Japan, Sakhalin, and Asia, and modern art from Europe and Japan. Spanning over 30 years from 1987 to 2020, Yoshitomo Nara views the artist’s work through the lens of his longtime passion—music. Featuring album covers Nara began collecting as an adolescent, paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, an installation that recreates his drawing studio, and never-before-exhibited idea sketches that reflect the artist’s empathic eye, this exhibition shines a light on Nara’s conceptual process. One of the main highlights will be Miss Forest, a 26-foot outdoor painted bronze sculpture that will grace Wilshire Boulevard.”

All LACMA visitors, including Members, must purchase or reserve an advance timed-entry online ticket. Tickets may not be purchased on site.

Watch LACMA curator Mika Yoshitake’s interview with artist Yoshitomo Nara here.

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