Murakami's 'inochi' Exhibition at the Kaikai Kiki Gallery
“Fashioned with an astounding attention to detail, the inochi action figure is a small-scale replica of the original sculpture, created by world renowned toy manufacturer Medicom Toy. Like its larger counterpart, which was subject to over six years of work before reaching completion, the action figure has been in planning for nearly three years. The result features a level of perfection that exceeds that of a mere toy and accords it the status of a work of art. The figure also comes with costuming, in the form of inochi’s school uniform and rucksack, both of which are removable. Each figure will be available with costumes in 5 colors, identical to those worn by the original, and also as a special set of 5.” Based on Stanley Kubrick’s early plans for the movie “A.I.”, Takashi Murakami’s sculpture “inochi” debuted in LA in 2004 and followed with a tour through Europe. inochi is based on the motif of the robot child and asks questions of its audience like “what will be the human beauty of the future?” “In a country like Japan which excels in the development of robots, what defines the human form?” To celebrate the release of an exquisitely produced action figure replica of the sculpture, the Kaikai Kiki Gallery will be displaying the work in a new self-titled exhibition. In addition to the sculpture itself, this exhibition will also include Project Inochi, a series of artworks from other mediums, including film, that aim to elaborate on the mythology and surrounding universe of the title character.