Everybody was hovering around the star and visionary artist Takashi Murakami at his Middle Eastern debut show in Qatar Museum Authority’s Al-Riwaq. But, we wanted an even deeper look into the artist’s persona (perhaps he does have a big ego?). We wanted to know what it’s like to work with Takashi Murakami.

What did it take to put this whole production together? We decided to talk to another visionary, curator of ‘EGO’ Mr. Massimiliano Gioni.

In the EGO conference, at the Museum of Islamic Art, Murakami said that he could easily compare his EGO exhibition to a movie. This movie’s main cast and crew would be himself, Qatar Museum Authority, famed Parisian gallerist Emmanuel Perrotin, and curator Massimiliano Gioni. Who would be the director and who exactly is the producer?
With the news of Massimiliano Gioni, curator at the New Museum in New York and director of the Nicola Trussardi Foundation in Milan, being named the curator for the prestigious Venice Biennale in 2013 (announced just a week before the opening of EGO) we thought we’d talk to this particular visionary who has been named ‘the most successful curator of his generation’. All the press had been focused on Takashi Murakami himself, of course he is the star, but as he said it really takes a whole team to put on an exhibition this important. Curator Massimiliano Gioni was chosen for his vision.
“Let’s start with the Ego” we said, Massimiliano Gioni cleverly replies “Where else?”. What we wanted to know was why this exhibition is called Ego? Does Murakami have a huge ego as lots of artists who are making it big do? Does Massimiliano have an equally big ego?

Oasis Magazine interviews Massimiliano Gioni

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