An unlikely show for the Spanish party island.
Even taking into account the pop-culture fluency of Takashi Murakami’s art, a world-class exhibition of his work would seem like a weird fit for Ibiza, given the Spanish island’s reputation as a mecca for mega-clubs, foam parties, and molly-fueled revelry. But just such an unlikely scene was kicked off last month, orchestrated by Guy Laliberté, the billionaire co–founder of Cirque du Soleil and one of the island’s most famous residents.
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Tired club kids joined collectors coming from Art Basel to catch the opening of Laliberté show in two new galleries: Art Projects Ibiza, a temporary space put up by Blum & Poe, which operates galleries in New York, L.A., and Tokyo, and the Lune Rouge, a new space that will feature works from Laliberté’s collection. Murakami’s signature psychedelic flower spreads were out in full force, as well as classic Murakami works like Oval Buddha, a 20-foot-tall sculpture that had previously been displayed at the Guggenheim Bilbao, the L.A. Museum of Contemporary Art, and Versailles.
Murakami, who has designed an album cover for Kanye West and collaborated with Louis Vuitton, seems to have wholeheartedly embraced the idea of exhibiting work to ravers. "I believe that most of them are looking for experiences they can't get in their daily lives," he tells CNN. "Art fits well with that environment and can fulfill such a desire."