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Murakami Exhibit with McG & Kirsten Dunst's Video Opens

posted on 2009-10-03 00:47 EDT

On Thursday, London's Tate Modern museum opened its "Pop Life: Art in a Material World" exhibition with contributions by modern artist and director Takashi Murakami (Superflat Monogram), director McG (Terminator Salvation, Charlie's Angels), and actress Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man, Interview with the Vampire). The room devoted to Murakami's work features "Akihabara Majokko Princess," a four-minute video created by Murakami, directed by McG, and starring Dunst. In an August video shoot, Dunst danced to The Vapors' "Turning Japanese" song in a sailor-suit costume and a blue wig in Tokyo's Akihabara otaku shopping district. Murakami and McG happened to have the same manager, and the manager brought the two together at the end of last year to discuss the collaboration.

This is not the first time that Dunst played a majokko (literally, magical girl or witch girl) — she voiced the title character in Disney's English dub of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's Kiki's Delivery Service film. She also revealed herself as a childhood Sailor Moon fan with memorabilia in her bedroom in a April 21, 1997 photospread in People magazine and with a June 2002 interview in Esquire magazine. Shortly after Murakami and McG met again for the project in mid-May, McG said during a advance screening of Terminator Salvation that he likes Sailor Moon and other Japanese anime and movies, and he added, "I love Akihabara!"

Source: Wall Street Journal, artnet


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