Takashi Murakami synthesizes old and new at the MFA

At first glance, Takashi Murakami’s newest exhibition, “Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics,” at the Museum of Fine Arts seems, like many of today’s arts exhibitions, intended for the Instagram age.

Full of floor-to-ceiling, brightly-colored paintings, the exhibit is irresistible to any phone-carrying visitor. Even before entering the museum, visitors are greeted by a photo opportunity with a field of smiling flowers that capture the playfulness of Murakami’s work. However, as a collaboration with the Japanese art historian Nobuo Tsuji, the art’s significance runs deeper than the silliness seen upon first glance.

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