I popped along to Tate Moderns Pop Life exhibition just the other day – I left it a little late as sadly its closing TOMORROW! Get down there quick!
However, I’m going to put a dampener on the excitement… I did think £11 for a student was a little on the pocket-burning side.
But in I went… I saw Jeff Koons’ bunny which is surprisingly small and surprisingly metaly (It reaaallly looks like a balloon!) I saw some Andy Warhol that I hadn’t see before: Large paintings of jemstones that glow in the dark because there are fragments of diamonds in the paint! How subtly chic!
I passed through the room of porn magazine tear sheets stuck to the wall, past the artists sex film (hmm), past the dead horse that I didn’t get, past some terrible modern art made from junk, past a pair of live twins, past some paintings I didn’t understand and then –
The beacon! Pop things I could relate with!
I may be uneducated in the modern art world but I don’t care too much. This was what caught my eye: A room dedicated to Japanese Pop artist legend Takashi Murakami. Taking centre stage both aurally and visually was a brilliantly cheesykitsch music video starring Kirsten Dunst singing ‘I think I’m turning Japanese, I really think so!’
Sadly I can’t find a video but you can still appreciate the style in these photos and flyer from the exhibition.


  • Marine January 16, 2010 at 8:38 PM

    >yeah ! I went to this exhibition it was sooo cool !
    "I'm turnin' japanese, I think I'm turnin' japanese…"

  • daphne on a rocketship January 16, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    >That is super amazing- i love Kirsten and i love manga!!!!!!