Born in Tokyo in 1962, Takashi Murakami is one of the most influential and acclaimed artists to have emerged from Asia in the late twentieth century. His first live-action feature film Jellyfish Eyes tells the story of Masashi, a young boy who moves to a sleepy town in the Japanese countryside with his mother in the wake of a natural disaster. After returning home from his new elementary school one day, Masashi discovers a flying jellyfish-like creature whom he befriends and names Kurage-bo. Masashi soon discovers that all his classmates have similarly magical pets, known as F.R.I.E.N.D.s, which are controlled by electronic devices that the children use to battle one another. Despite their playful appearances, however, these F.R.I.E.N.D.s turn out to be part of a sinister plot that will threaten the entire town.
Following the screening, artist Takashi Murakami will participate in a Q&A with Gabriel Ritter, The Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the DMA.
Jellyfish Eyes is FREE, but reservations are required. Reserve your ticket online in advance to guarantee your seat.
This free program is structured for homeschool students (ages 8–16) and their adult partners to discover fun and inspiring ways to enjoy art together. Each session features a staff presentation, interactive gallery tours, and hands-on learning activities.
Free; registration required, click below to register with the Kimbell. Each program is limited to 40 children, plus their adult companions.
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Although restorative yoga is a year-round Friday class offered at the Crow Collection, join each Friday for the month of May for 31 days of Asia! Relax and Renew. Restorative yoga emphasizes the calming of the nervous system and teaches the art of relaxation. Melt tension away and leave feeling completely refreshed and ready for the weekend.
All levels of experience welcome. Space is limited; no reservations required.
Practice the Japanese art of printmaking at the Kimbell by making gyotaku prints. “Gyo” is the Japanese word for fish and “taku” is the word for print or printing. This specialized form of printmaking focuses on the depiction of traditional Japanese fish and their elegant forms.
About Studio Five 90:
Open-format sessions join art-making and gallery activities to encourage fresh ways of looking at and responding to featured artworks and themes. No advance registration for this free, drop-in program, although space is limited to 25 teen and adult participants. Sign up at the entrance to the education studios in the Renzo Piano Pavilion, beginning one hour before the program.
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The colorful reimagining of William Shakespeare’s King Lear, Ran earned Akira Kurosawa an Academy Award nomination for Best Director in 1985. This ambitious feature had the highest production cost of any Japanese film of its time and is Kurosawa’s final epic masterpiece.
ArthouseFW: Samurai Series
The ArthouseFW – Samurai Series present select films that highlight the unique and poetic life of the Samurai. Each film explores a new perspective of life as a warrior, whether the battle is for life, love or upholding the strict expectations of society. The series will play alongside the Kimbell Art Museum’s exhibition Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection in the brand new Renzo Piano pavilion. This installment of ArthouseFW is presented by the Lone Star Film Society and the Kimbell Art Museum.
Celebrate a wonderful month of Asian holidays, including Buddha’s birthday! View a special birthday book that is an artistic tribute to Buddha’s image in art over the centuries, including pieces from the museum’s collection. Make traditional Japanese “carp kites,” and try your hand at leaf rubbings with one of Japan’s most iconic and beautiful plants, the Japanese Maple. And of course there will also be yoga, face painting, origami, and a writing workshop with the Writer’s Garret. There is truly something for everyone!