It has been over 12 months in the making since the world renowned French museum, Guimet National Museum of Asian Arts announced the collaborative exhibition. Curated by Pharrell Williams in partnership with Mr., the highly anticipated presentation has come to fruition and for any anime fanatic, it’s worth a visit to the Parisian outpost.
Entitled “Carte blanche to Mr. and Pharrell Williams: A Call To Action,” the colourful display features a mix of multi-media work from the artist and includes paintings, sculptures, and installations. Immersing attendees into a vibrant and vivid world of Japanese anime, the exhibition is set against a tent-like structure and spotlights pieces throughout spontaneous alcoves and random corners of the winding space. But while it presents lighthearted fun and modern pop-culture, the exhibition’s meaning holds an important message. Look closer and you can notice Mr.’s signature characters all clutching onto heavy-duty weapons.
In an Instagram post coinciding with its opening, Williams said, “This is a call to action. An artistic response to imagine a better planet. What kind of world do we want for our kids? Kids embodied hope. Kids show us the future.”
The exhibition is now open until September 23. To learn more, head to the Guimet National Museum of Asian Arts’ website and in the meantime tune into the making of the exhibition below.