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Yayoi Kusama: My Eternal Soul

Witness the large-scale works Kusama

Yayoi Kusama: My Eternal Soul

“If you look at how Yayoi Kusama lives and understand how I put my life, with all my heart, into art, there won’t be any other pleasure for me. And I will put all my effort to do so, then people, even after I die, will be always interested in my art.” These are the words that Kusama told at the press conference after she received the Order of Culture in October, 2016. The statement passionately tells how she is devoted to make works that will live for centuries to come. Her retrospective exhibition, “Yayoi Kusama: My Eternal Soul” will be held at the National Art Center, Tokyo.

Yayoi Kusama: My Eternal Soul

The main feature of the exhibition is the series “My Eternal Soul” which is also the exhibition’s title. On the square canvas in approximately size of 2 square-meters (some of them are 1.6 square meters) colorful sceneries appear; and each work has intriguing title such as “Stardust in the Sunset Glow” and “Unbearable Whereabouts of Love.” Kusama started working on the series in 2009; she worked with unbelievable eagerness and the work counts more than 500 pieces.

Besides the series, the exhibition also showcases her early works before moving to the U.S., the soft sculptures that she made in New York and collages and dot pieces she made after returning to Japan. Works such as “Infinity Mirror Room,” in which small rights multiply as the entire surfaces of the room covered with mirror, and “A Pumpkin,” which is large sculpture of pumpkin with polka dots 4.5m in height and 5m in width, give visitors the feeling of being embraced. The exhibition presents powerful art of Kusama, which is diverse in expression and aesthetically bold.

(Text: Naoko Aono)

Yayoi Kusama: My Eternal Soul
Dates: February 22nd – May 22nd
Venue: The National Art Center, Tokyo 7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo
Hours: 10:00-18:00 (-20:00 on Fridays and from April 29th to May 7th)
Closed on Tuesday (Open on May 2nd)
Admission: 1,600 yen
Inquiry: tel. 03-5777-8600 (Hello Dial)

“Infinity Mirror Room: Filled with Brilliance of Life” 2011
Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore, Victoria Miro Gallery London; David Zwirner, New York

“Traveling Life” 1964, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Photo: Norihiro Ueno

“A Pumpkin” 2007
The Forever Museum of Contemporary Art


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