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Chinese Company Mounts Fake Kusama and Murakami Exhibitions

Japanese artists Yayoi Kusama and Takashi Murakami are considering taking legal action against a Chinese company that has been staging exhibitions purportedly featuring the artists’ works. Kusama and Murakami were unaware that the shows were being organized, and the pieces that were on view are believed to be forgeries. The company may soon face a civil or criminal complaint over the exhibitions, which the artists say are in violation of intellectual property laws.

According to the Japan Times, Yoshifumi Onodera, Kusama’s legal representative, confirmed that at least six such exhibitions have taken place across China since April of this year, including in Guangzhou, Changsha, and Shanghai. Some have been ticketed, with visitors in Shanghai paying around $10 each to enter.

Murakami’s attorney, Hiroshi Kamiyama, told the Nikkei Asian Review that the actions are “extremely malicious” and that an investigation is currently underway. The Chinese company allegedly approached venues about hosting the shows. The individuals responsible for the fraudulent exhibitions have not yet been identified. 

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