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Artist Takashi Murakami's flowers, skulls and arhats

Artist Takashi Murakami's works look happy and summery, but death is a constant, subversive presence amid the seeming frivolity

Singapore food is ruining Takashi Murakami's diet.

The superstar artist laments jokingly: "When I'm eating food here, I forget about fasting."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 21, 2019, with the headline 'Flowers, skulls and arhats'. Print Edition | Subscribe