In 2017 the museum hosted a record number of visitors. 187,000 people have seen our exhibitions and taken part in our openings and arrangements. This is higher than the visitor numbers at our opening exhibition in 2012, when the museum was Oslo’s biggest new attraction. This could not have come at a better time, as in 2017 we have celebrated the museum’s fifth anniversary at Tjuvholmen.
This year, one of the most popular and influential British artists of the 20th century; David Hockney. Tate Modern in London, Le Centre Pompidou in Paris and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York present an all-encompassing retrospective of his life’s work.
Murakami’s wide-ranging creative practice includes the production and promotion of works by other artists, artist management and the operation of a gallery through the company Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd.
In addition to being a respected artist and gallerist, Takashi Murakami has for the past years focused his attention on Japanese ceramics, highlighting the traditional and modern craftsmanship as an important example of art. In the exhibition Murakami by Murakami this interest is apparent – both in the exhibition galleries and Astrup Fearnley Shop!