Photo/IllutrationFormer SMAP heartthrob Shingo Katori with one of his artworks in Paris on Sept. 18 (Sawaaki Hikita)

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PARIS--The famed Louvre Museum here is showcasing dozens of colorful pop art-style paintings by former SMAP heartthrob Shingo Katori.

The special exhibition is part of the Japonismes 2018 event being held in and around Paris to celebrate Japanese culture and 160 years of diplomatic contact between Japan and France.

Katori, 41, told reporters during a preview Sept. 18 that he put his "entire being" into the 110 or so works on display.

The event, “Nakama des Arts,” is themed on “Eager to connect with friends through art.” It is being held in the museum's underground floor hall through Oct. 3.

The works include a collaboration that allowed fans to color in spaces on a black and white background through their Instagram accounts at Katori’s behest.

One of the pieces titled “i enjoy!” was created in the motif of the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

Other former SMAP members Tsuyoshi Kusanagi and Goro Inagaki gushed about the show, and expressed amazement at seeing Katori's works in such a grand setting.

Admission is free.