Twenty-eight of Japan's leading contemporary artists and artists' groups teamed up to create their own versions of Doraemon for a special exhibition dedicated to the beloved anime character from the future.
Sponsored by The Asahi Shimbun and other entities, The Doraemon Exhibition Tokyo 2017 is running at the Mori Arts Center Gallery in Roppongi through Jan. 8, 2018.
The exhibition showcases the talents of Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, Mika Ninagawa, Yasumasa Morimura and other creative individuals who provided paintings, sculptures, photographs and videos, as well as a picture drawn in chalk on a blackboard, a stuffed toy and other works created with different techniques.
"Artists have two motivations," Murakami said on behalf of the participating artists during the opening ceremony on Oct. 31. "Fujiko F. Fujio embodied the artists’ motivations of 'staging a bloodless coup that changes the world with artworks’ and 'leaving works for eternity even if this body perishes’ with 'Doraemon.’"
For this occasion, Murakami created a large painting full of characters from the manga and anime franchise originally created by Fujiko.
"Responding to the sentiments of Fujiko who created 'Doraemon,’ I made my piece to challenge the meaning of art," Murakami said of his motivation to produce the work.
Unusual for an art exhibition, spectators are free to take photos of the exhibits, although with some exceptions. The idea is to encourage visitors to collaborate with the artists and mutually appreciate their works by sharing photos on social networking websites with the hashtag "#DoraemonExhibition."
Admission is 1,800 yen ($16) for adults, 1,400 yen for junior and senior high school students and 800 yen for elementary school pupils and children aged 4 or older.
Visit the official website at (http://thedoraemontentokyo2017.jp/english.html).