The virally acclaimed Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama, returns with her immersive installations this summer across multiple capital cities for the world to celebrate the spectacle of her career.
For some time, going to a gallery or exhibition felt like a figment of our imaginations, a pastime awash with nostalgia. In a survey recorded by the Art Newspaper, visits to the world’s top 100 museums and galleries fell by a staggering 77% over the past year due to the pandemic. Forcing us to view art from behind closed doors and in a new perspective online, the return of physicality had to be met with something extraordinary: the re-emergence of Yayoi Kusama.
The social media phenomenon, Yayoi Kusama’s work neatly bridges these two worlds that have existed in tension over the past year – the URL and the IRL. Through her conceptual mirrored rooms, fantastical sculptures and energetic wallpapers, her unique vision has captured an engaged audience, documenting her popularity through social media.
A phenomenon in the art world, Kusama’s vision became of note on the world’s cultural agenda as the alchemist of polka dots which feature heavily across her work. In doing so, her graphically curated rooms have long become the cultural cachet of coolness for her ethereal outlook. As visitors to the exhibitions litter Instagram with photos of the polka dot paradise, the renaissance of the Japanese artist’s installations are be enjoyed once more, and this time, on a global scale.
Kusama: Cosmic Nature at New York Botanical Garden
Running up until 31 October, Kusama’s lifelong affinity with the natural world is captured in this exhibition, spanning her childhood spent in the greenhouses and fields of her family’s seed nursery. Spectacular installations across the 250-acre landscape will reveal the debut of her latest innovative sculptures.
Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrored Rooms at Tate Modern, London
One of Kusama’s largest installations to date, Infinity Mirrored Rooms – Filled with the Brilliance of Life, neatly narrates the life and work of Kusama with footage of her early performance works, alongside two of the artist’s virally acclaimed mirror-room installations. Running up to 12 June 2022, this will be shown alongside Chandelier of Grief from 2016, a room which creates the illusion of a boundless universe of rotating crystal chandeliers.
Yayoi Kusama: A Retrospective at Gropius Bau, Berlin
Titled A Bouquet of Love I Saw in the Universe, the artist’s first large-scale retrospective in Germany takes place up until 1 August 2021. The exhibition considers the development of Kusama’s vision from her early paintings and sculptural work to her more immersive installations at present. Since the 1960s, the artist has been actively engaged in realising exhibition projects outside the former centre of her life in New York and showing her work in a European context.