Yayoi Kusama, In Infinity – Louisiana Museum
Yayoi Kusama is a true singular figure in modern art, highly original and tremendously popular. Now, Louisiana unfolds Kusama’s life’s work in a comprehensive and fascinating retrospective exhibition, the first in Scandinavia.
Based in Tokyo, Kusama (b. 1929) has gained world fame in recent decades for her universe of brightly colored, sprawling patterns covering the surfaces of paintings and sculptures and spreading across entire rooms. In the center of this boundless visual universe stands Kusama herself, often wearing patterned clothes that make her blend in with her art.
The exhibition is a presentation of Kusama’s works from more than six decades and features a variety of the many artistic media in which she has worked: from visual art to performance, film, literature and design. A special feature of this exhibition is the involvement of Kusama’s work with fashion and design including the artist’s earliest, unique fashion design from the 1960s. In addition to this the exhibition displays a selection of Kusama’s youth works from Japan, which has never been exhibited before, examples of both her earliest and newer installation works and a new series of paintings, which the 86 year old Kusama has created specifically for the exhibition at Louisiana.
There’s still a month remaining to pay a visit at the first comprehensive retrospective exhibition in Scandinavia, dedicated to the Japanese born contemporary artist. So if you’re spending your Christmas holidays up to the north, go to the Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, close to Copenhagen.
Ink on B/W photograph taken by Harrie Verstappen, 18 x 24 cm
MOMA Contemporary Collection, Fukuoka
1. Yayoi Kusama around the age of 10, ca. 1939
2. Yayoi Kusama – Mirror Room (Pumpkin), 1991
Mixed media, variable dimensions.
Hara Museum of Contemporary Art
3. Yayoi Kusama – In Infinity – Installation shot
Credit: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art; Humlebaek, Denmark
Photo: Kim Hansen
4. Dot Obsession, 1998
Mirror glass, balloons, paint, dots. Approx.. 103.3 x 123 cm
Installation shot from Les Abattoirs, Toulouse, France
5. Kusama with Pumpkin, 2010 – Mixed media
Installation View: Aichi Triennale 2010
Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/ Singapore; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; David Zwirner,
New York; and KUSAMA Enterprise
© Yayoi Kusama
Yayoi Kusama – In Infinity
17 September 2015 – 24 January 2016
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humblebaek, Denmark
Have a look at: www.louisiana.dk
By Olivia Rohde