Takashi Murakami x Christie's Benefit for Japan’s Tohoku-Pacific EarthquakeJuxtapoz // Tuesday, 25 Oct 2011
We received a nice message today from Takashi Murakami's Kaikai Kiki Co in advance of their benefit auction with Christie's for the victims of Japan’s Tohoku-Pacific Earthquake. The benefit will include artists such as Damien Hirst, KAWS (above), Jeff Koons, Mr., Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, Gabriel Orozco, Aya Takano, Luc Tuymans, and many others.
There will be a preview at Gagosian Gallery, Madison Avenue, NYC, from October 26th – 28th, with the auction at Christie's occurring on November 9, 2011.
Here is a bit of press on the benefit:
New York – Christie’s is proud to join with Takashi Murakami and Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. to provide support for the victims of the March 11, 2011 Tohoku-Pacific earthquake in Japan by dedicating a special section of a forthcoming New York auction to the continuing relief effort. The special auction section is expected to reach $5 million. Proceeds from the sale, including works made by some of the biggest names in contemporary art selected personally by Murakami, will be contributed to The Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Global Giving and International Medical Corps, providing relief to the survivors of the catastrophe, the effects of which continue to be devastating.
Takashi Murakami comments: "The damage which resulted from the recent earthquake was great and yet, there are other disasters occurring somewhere in the world every day. If we do not address the root causes of the chaos which arises from these disasters, both natural and man- made, then our problems will continue reoccurring and their severity will only grow worse, eating further away at the heart and mind. It is with the goal of engaging people in a shared understanding of this catastrophic state of affairs that I hold this event; if an art auction can serve as the impetus for such understanding, then I am hopeful that we can make our present hardship worthwhile. I want to thank Mr. Francois Pinault, who supported the idea from the beginning, and Christie’s for making this event happen.”