She of the red wig, wall-to-wall polka dot and giant fruit fame is returning to her homeland with her latest massive exhibition. Having wowed fans from London to Paris, New York and Brisbane with her jaw-dropping installations, Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama brings her vibrant, patterntastic work to Tokyo’s The National Art Center in Roppongi. Modern art-lovers and creative kooks should not miss this one!
Running until 22 May, “Yayoi Kusama: My Eternal Soul” marks the 10th anniversary of the acclaimed gallery. The show spans sculpture, acrylics on canvas, mixed-media collages and more, including 132 paintings from Kusama’s ongoing “My Eternal Soul” series, which she began in 2009. Currently numbering over 500 paintings, the series sees natural forms jostle with abstract patterns in a bold, colourful celebration of the essence of the artist.
An 80-work retrospective runs from her earliest drawings and paintings – as a child in Matsumoto, interested in plant and animal motifs – to her time in New York from 1957 to 73, when she experimented with abstraction, sex and food, and later period in Tokyo where phallic imagery, nets and polka dots dominated sculpture and installations. All up, savour more than 270 creations drawn from Kusama’s prolific 70-year career, including her iconic black-and-yellow dotty pumpkins.
TIME magazine’s 2016 list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World included Kusama. See why she deserves that spot – no pun intended…
Until 22 May, 2017.
The National Art Center / 7-22-2 Roppongi / Minato-ku / +81 3 5777 8600 / 10am-6pm Sat-Mon & Wed-Thu, till 8pm Fri (till 8pm daily 29 Apr–7 May) / nact.jp