Yayoi Kusama – THE MOVING MOMENT WHEN I WENT TO THE UNIVERSE – at Victoria Miro until 21 December 2018

All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins (detail), 2016. Collection of the artist. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo / Singapore, and Victoria Miro, London. © Yayoi Kusama.  The Cleveland Museum of Art.

A major exhibition of new vibrant works by the Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929), including painted large-scale pumpkin and flower sculptures and first showing of MY HEART IS DANCING INTO THE UNIVERSE – an immersive Infinity Mirrored Room with paper lanterns covered with polka dot patterns suspended from the ceiling to create an impression of infinite worlds.

Kusama has painted pumpkins since childhood and pumpkins and flowers have long been an important part of her art.  In her 2011 autobiography Infinity Net she explained:

I would confront the spirit of the pumpkin, forgetting everything else and concentrating my mind entirely upon the form before me.  Just as Bodhidharma spent ten years facing a stone wall, I spent as much as a month facing a single pumpkin.  I regretted even having to take time to sleep.

Want to see what Kusama looks like?  Study this picture!

The Exhibition – which is by free timed-ticket only – is currently fully booked.  Further details here!

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