Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929) has gained international fame for her universe of colored, dots and patterns spreading across entire rooms.
In the center of this boundless visual universe stands Kusama herself. She is a groundbreaking artist and unique artistic persona whose work over the past six decades has played a key role in contemporary art.
Kusama immigrated from the Japanse provinces to the United States in the late 1950s, at a time when new art currents like Pop art and Minimalism were taking shape. She was part of that scene, while from her position as a non-Western, female artist she developed a singular visual vocabulary that today stands as a profoundly original contribution to postwar art.
Kusama gathers her artistic material from an inner reality. Her art has consistently revolved around the same basic themes: fantasies of infinity, dizzying psychological spaces you can disappear into, and a desire to be swallowed up by the world. Infinity in Kusama’s art is at once a cosmic space, a spiritual idea, and a psychological abyss both pleasurable and anxiety inducing.
This exhibition is a retrospective presentation of Kusama’s oeuvre across the many artistic media in which she has worked, from visual art to performance, film, literature, and design.
The exhibition is a collaboration between Louisiana, København, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Helsinki Art Museum and Henie Onstad Kunstsenter.