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Yayoi Kusama presents a previously unseen collection

The much-loved Japanese artist shares hallucinatory experiences in her latest exhibition

  • Patrizio Cavaliere
  • 15 July 2020
Yayoi Kusama presents a previously unseen collection

One of the most recognisable and universally-loved protagonists of the contemporary art world, Yayoi Kusama opens a new exhibition in Tokyo later this month.

The marvelously titled 'The Vision of Fantasy That We Have Never Seen Is This Splendor' exclusively features previously unseen work created over the last ten years, and takes place at the Yayoi Kusama Museum she opened in 2017. The show marks the welcome reopening of museums in Tokyo, which were forced to close earlier this year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

From early on in her career, Kusama has used her art to depict the vivid hallucinations that she has experienced since childhood. Though sometimes terrifying, she says that recreating elements of these intense visions has helped her to come to terms with their magnitude. In this exhibition, she displays her interpretation of such experiences in her 'Flower Obsession' installation, where rooms are coated from top to bottom is thousands of bright red flowers. Also featuring will be her newest, ever-popular Infinity Mirror Room, along with her latest one-meter square paintings.

Colourful and searingly honest in her work, Kusama is blessed with a unique ability to invoke a sense of wonder in the viewer, and her sculptures, paintings, and immersive installations are shown internationally at some of the world's most influential galleries. She's been active in the art world since the 1950s, first garnering international attention after moving to New York in 1957, where she became immersed in the pop-art scene and hippie counter-culture movement. Her iconic status grew exponentially throughout the '80s and '90s, and her popularity has seen her work expand into realms of film, fashion, fiction.

'The Vision of Fantasy That We Have Never Seen Is This Splendor' exhibition opens on July 29 at the Yayoi Kusama Museum in Tokyo. You can find out more information via the museum website here

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