5 Things I Learned About Takashi Murakami at The Broad Museum Talk Series

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Last night, The Broad museum presented another event in its Un-Private Collection series (“talks around Los Angeles featuring cultural leaders and artists whose work in the Broad collections explores contemporary and controversial themes like politics, society, race and identity”). This go-round found author Pico Iyer interviewing pop artist Takashi Murakami at the gorgeous Orpheum Theatre.

Iyer splits his time between Japan and L.A., and Murakami had just flown in from Japan a few hours earlier. Lucky for us, he is sticking around for the premiere of his first live-action feature JellyFish Eyes tonight (8 p.m.) at The Theatre at Ace Hotel. If you were wondering, he already has sequels in the works.

The theatre last night was packed with gallery owners and other artsy folk (I noticed KCRW’s Edward Goldman a row ahead of me) from balcony to the back row. Here’s what I learned from the artist himself (and through his interpreter Yuko) about the guy in the big pink hat:

His earliest influences?
“Talking with my father is my first memory, he shaped my philosophy. Also, cartoons every day…and Lassie and Flipper. Flipper—I was a very big fan.”

The man who created some of the most vibrant characters around doubts himself:
“I have no sense of color. I know that.”

He is not political:
“I am an artist. I don’t have any responsibility for politics.”

Anonymous artists?
“Banksy is very cool. The opposite of me. I am very jealous.”

He’s emotional:
“Every time I see my movie I cry. Every time.”

Photographs by Ryan Miller / The Broad

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