Japanese pop art icon Takashi Murakami, recently announced plans to open a new animation studio in Hollywood by summer next year. 10 years after the opening of his Brooklyn studio “The Hiropon Factory” in 1998, he has decided that Hollywood is the place to expand his filmmaking capabilities. The new studio will operate under the umbrella of Kaikai Kiki, his production and artist-management company.

“Animation and film have always been among my greatest influences, ever since I first saw ‘Star Wars’ and Hayao Miyazaki’s films,” Murakami said in a statement. “This studio represents a great step in the evolution of Kaikai Kiki and gives me a closer proximity to the community of artists with whom I hope to collaborate as I continue my explorations of animated and live-action film.”

Read more on the story about his move to Hollywood at L.A. Times HERE.

Or checkout our coverage of his recent “Hi & Lo” exhibition here.