Yayoi Kusama: 1945 to Now
06.27.2023 - 10.08.2023
“What does living a life mean? I lose myself in this thought every time I create artwork.” Yayoi Kusama.
“Dissolution and accumulation; propagation and separation; particulate obliteration and unseen reverberations from the universe—these were to become the foundations of my art, and they were already taking shape at this time.” Yayoi Kusama.
Japanese artist and writer Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929, Matsumoto, Nagano) is a singular figure who has been revered by art historians for her pioneering career that span multiple art movements from the 1960s to the present, and has achieved the status of a global cultural icon. Over the last seven decades, Kusama has pursued her avant-garde vision with conviction and perfected her personal aesthetic, which reflects her philosophy of life.
This exhibition focuses on the existential questions that drive Kusama’s creative explorations. Through paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, and archival materials documenting her happenings and performances, the show offers an in-depth survey of Kusama’s work from her first drawings as a teenager during World War II to her most recent immersive, mirrored installations. Organized chronologically and thematically, the show addresses six key themes that recur throughout the artist’s life: Infinity, Accumulation, Radical Connectivity, Biocosmic, Death, and Force of Life. These interrelated themes have recurred and evolved within the obsessive universe of Kusama, who has been valiantly agitating the art scene and society for decades to promote “healing of all mankind.”
Galleries: 103, 105
Curated by Doryun Chong and Mika Yoshitake in collaboration with Lucía Agirre
Venues: M+, Hong Kong, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Exhibition organized by M+, Hong Kong in collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Photo by Yusuke Miyazaki
Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Victoria Miro, and David Zwirner.
© YAYOI KUSAMA
Infinity Mirrored Room - A Wish for Human Happiness Calling from Beyond the Universe, 2020
Mirrors, wood, LED lighting system, metal and acrylic panel
293.7 × 417 × 417 cm
© YAYOI KUSAMA
Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts
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