Takashi Murakami to Curate the Art Zone at ComplexCon, the Music,Shopping, Art & Culture Experience in Long Beach, Calif. Nov. 4-5

MADSAKI, Otani Workshop, UFO, Tenga, Galerie Perrotin and More Artists Will Present Unique Pieces and Installationsas Part of the ComplexCon Art Zone Presented by 1800 Tequila. 

Internationally prolific contemporary artist Takashi Murakami will curate the Art Zone at ComplexCon, the music, retail, art and culture experience taking over Long Beach, Calif., Nov. 4-5, the company announced today. Additionally, Murakami returns this year to ComplexCon as a host committee member and is designing the event’s brand identity, lending his oversight to the overall design and aesthetic experience of ComplexCon.


“Takashi Murakami is the father of the ‘Superflat’ art movement, which is reflected in his art and is ever present in our contemporary culture — it is a spirit that refuses to be defined as just high brow or just low brow, it defies limiting definitions and emboldens collaboration among disparate people. This is the essence of ComplexCon. We are delighted that he will again bring his distinctive artistic ingénue to this year’s event,” said Marc Eckō, Founder and Chief Brand & Creative Officer of Complex Networks.
Takashi Murakami will be curating a section of his KaiKai Kiki artists, with original Takashi Murakami art work, sample figures, and merchandise; his collaborations with MADSAKI; new paintings from MADSAKI’s “Wife” series plus a special installation; Otani Workshop ceramics; works from select graffiti artists; and a showcase of his vintage Japanese toy collection.

Additionally, Snarkitecture returns with an art installation in an exclusive pop-up on the show floor that includes a reimagining of their pillow lounge seen in 2016. Among the installations, everyone’s favorite app Giphy will also curate a unique immersive experience.


ComplexCon Art Zone sponsor 1800® Tequila has tapped artist MadSteez in a collaborative effort to bring the 1800 Lounge to life through custom designed seating, a bar and a live art installation which is anticipated to be one of the most photographed areas of ComplexCon. 1800 Tequila, along with MadSteez, will also be working with apparel brand Seventh Letter to create exclusive merchandise available only at the event, giving lounge visitors a piece of art designed by MadSteez as a takeaway from the 1800 Tequila experience.


Ticket Information

General Admission tickets to the daytime exhibition and evening concert are $75-$100 per day (plus fees). General Admission tickets are on sale now at Complexcon.com.

For more information on ComplexCon, please visit Complexcon.com and follow @complexcon on Twitter and Instagram.

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