Murakami Offers a Contest That Is Much More Laid Back Than Damien Hirst’s Spot Challenge

A man of the people. (Courtesy QMA)

If Damien Hirst’s spot challenge required a bit too much work—which is to say, time and money—for you, Takashi Murakami has a contest that may be of interest. Instead of asking his fans to travel the world, visiting all 11 Gagosian galleries to receive a free print, Mr. Murakami requests only that you press “like” on the Facebook page of the Qatar Museum Authority, which is hosting a retrospective of the artist’s work, called “Ego.”

The winner of the contest—open only through Feb. 29, so move quickly—will receive a “goody bag” that includes a signed Murakami print by the artist, a sticker set, two keychains (one with the artist’s Kaikai character, the other with Kiki) and a flower cushion. As of press time, only 17,908 had pressed the button on the site’s page. (Update: A winner will be chosen at random.)

Those still chasing the spot challenge are running out of time. Only the Athens and Geneva galleries still have Hirst spot shows on display. They are set to close on March 10 and 17, respectively.

Oh, and the giant, creepy body in the picture above is from an enormous inflatable sculpture of the artist that is on view in the Doha retrospective. Thank you to @Gregorg for bringing the contest to our attention.

Murakami Offers a Contest That Is Much More Laid Back Than Damien Hirst’s Spot Challenge