JAPAN

YAYOI KUSAMA

PRESENTATION

The monumental and immersive installations of Yayoi Kusama are internationally known. They have inspired artists like Carolee Schneemann, Yoko Ono and Damien Hirst and have been exhibited in the biggest places dedicated to contemporary art: at MoMA in New York, at the Center Georges Pompidou in Paris or at the Venice Biennale .

Born in 1929 in Japan, she started drawing from childhood. She suffered from hallucinations very early. It is by looking at a flower tablecloth and looking up at the ceiling that she realizes that the image of peas persists. Her hallucinations will remain omnipresent in her work, and in particular these famous peas.

She studies at Hiyoshigaoka Upper Secondary School where she mainly does traditional and modern Japanese painting. It is rare to see a woman evolve in the profession of artist in Japanese patriarchal society.

Her parents therefore oppose her practice, especially her mother, but this will only nourish her art and forge her convictions. She also detaches herself from overly traditional Japanese education and gives herself more freedom by taking Western models as inspiration.

At the age of 27, she moved to Seattle and then to New York, where she was forced to live with very little. She started exhibiting with avant-garde artists: Yves Klein, Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns. She frequently collaborates with her artist friend Donald Judd and presents an increasingly provocative art.

From the 60s, she fully joined the Avant-Garde with her Psychedelic art and close to Pop-Art. She produces more and more Happenings (spontaneous performance which requires public participation) and performances. She is known for her "Naked Demonstrations", which are naked demonstrations with political aims, and for which she was often arrested by the police.

Her installations at the Gertrude Stein Gallery in 1964 were a resounding success. She is then known for the happenings she organizes at the bottom of her loft, lying on a mattress, covered with phallic shapes and peas.

In 1966, she went, without invitation, to Venice Biennale with her work "Narcissus Garden", an installation in the canals, which she filled with 1500 shimmering balls. She will be invited to the Venice Biennale in 1993, but this time officially.

 

She returned to Japan in 1973, tired, then joined a Psychiatric Hospital in 1977, in which she lived, opposite her studio. Her art allows her firstly to treat her hallucinations, but also her phobias: the fear of sex for example, which comes to her from the adulterous behavior of her father with her mother.

Her art is provocative but serves feminist and anti-macho beliefs that she developed while growing up in Japan. Art gives meaning to her life. She also opens her own museum in Tokyo and remains very active in the art world.

ARTWORKS

SOLO & GROUP SHOW

SELECTION LAST DECADE

2017
Inaugural exhibition  Creation is a Solotary Pursuit, Love is What Brings You Closer to Art, YAYOI KUSAMA MUSEUM, Tokyo

YAYOI KUSAMA : LIFE IS THE HEART OF A RAINBOW National Galley Singapore / Galley of Modern Art[GOMA], Brisbane, Nov.2017-Feb.2018 / The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara [ Museum MACAN], Jakarta, May.-Sep.2018

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, HIrshhorn Museum and Sculpture Park, Washington, D.C / Seattle Art Museum, Jun.-Sep.2017 / The Broad, Los Angels, Oct.2017-Jan.2018 / Art Galley of Ontario, Toronto, Mar.-May.2018 / Cleaveland Museum of Art, Ohio, Jul.-Sep.2018 / High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Nov.2018-Feb.2019

YAYOI KUSAMA: My Eternal Soul  The National Art Center, Tokyo

2016

Imagined Peripheries, Ota Fine Arts, Singapore

Yayoi Kusama : Prints, Ota Fine Arts, Singapore

Yayoi Kusama Monochrome, Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo

YAYOI KUSAMA  My Eternal Soul Paintigs, Victoria Iro MAyfair, London

Yayoi Kusama : Sculptures, PAintings & Mirror Rooms, Victoria Miro Galley I, Gallery II and Garden, London

Primal lines, Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo

2015

YAYOI KUSAMA, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark / Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo, Feb.-May.2016 / Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Jun.-Sep.2016 / Helsinki Art Museum, Oct.2016-Jan.2017 

Special Exhibition : YAYOI KUSAMA  The Place for My Soull
Matsumoto City Museum of Art, Nagano, Japan

YAYOI KUSAMA  INFINITY THEORY Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow

YAYOI KUSAMA  GIVE ME LOVE, David Zwirner, New York

YAYOI KUSAMA : Prints Part 2, Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo

YAYOI KUSAMA : Prints Part 1, Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo

2014

ZERO : Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s-60s, Guggenheim Museum, New York

Yayoi Kusama  Pumpkins, Victoria Miro, London

KUSAMA YAYOI  A DREAM IN JEJU, Bonte Museum, Jeju

DOGO ONSEN ART2014, Dogo Onsen, Ahime, Japan, Pre open, Dec.2013

2013

Yayoi Kusama I Who Have Arrived In Heaven, David Zwirner, New York

Shinjuku Creaters Festa, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Collction 2, Postwar Sculpture : Focus on Materials, Kirishima Open-Air Museum, Kagoshima, Japan

KUSAMA YAYOI, A Dream I Dreamed, Daegu Art Museum, Korea /Museum Contemporary Art Shanghai, Dec.2013- Mar.2014 / Seoul Arts Centre, May.-Jun.2014 / Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan, Feb.-May. 2015 / National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Jun.-Aug.2015

Takahashi Collection - Mindfullness
Kirishima Open-Air Museum ,Kagoshima /Art Park Museum of Contemporary Art, Sapporo Art Park, Hokkaido, Sep.-Nov.2013 / Nagoya City Art Museum, Apr.-Jun. 2014
Yayoi Kusama. Obsession Infinita [Infinite Obsession], Malba - Fundacacion Constantini, Buenos Aires / Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Oct.2013-Jan.2014 / Centro Cultutal Banco do Brasil, Brasília, Feb.-Apr.2014 / Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, May.-Jul.2014 / Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Sep.2014-Jan.2015 / Fundacio´n CorpArtes, Santiago, Chili, Mar.-Jun.2015
Matsumoto City Museum of Art, Nagano, Japan 
Dots Obsession - Love Transformed into Dots, SKMU Sorlandets Kunstmuseum, Norway

Flowers, Towada Art Center, Aomori, Japan

Visceral Sensation - Voices So Far, So Near, 21st Century Museum of Art, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan
All You Need is Love : From Chagall to Kusama and Hatsume Miku, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
YAYOI KUSAMA Paintings & Accumulation Sculptures, Victoria Miro, London
Wonderful My Art, Kawaguchiko Museum of Art, Yamanashi, Japan

Situations and Exchanges: Fukuoka Contemporary Art Chronicle, Fukuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, Fukuoka Art Museum

2012

YAYOI KUSAMA : New Paintings 2, Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo

YAYOI KUSAMA : New Paintings, Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo

Art Will Thrill You! - The Essence of Modern Japanese Art, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo 

Son et Lumiere (et sagesse profonde) 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, kanazawa

The Osaka Best Art Exhibition Osaka City Museum of Modern Art [tentative name], Shinsaibashi exhibition room

Dialogues Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo

YAYOI KUSAMA METALLIC Ota Fine Arts, Singapore

LA VIE DES FORMES, les Abattoirs, Toulouse, France

Masterpieces from the Ohara Museum of Art, Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art

YAYOI KUSAMA - HONG KONG BLOOMS IN MY MIND, Sotheby's Hong Kong Gallery

To Wander a Garden, Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Shizuoka

The 35th Anniversary of the National Museum of Art, Osaka: the Allure of the Collection, The National Museum of Art, Osaka 

MOMAS Collection[1], The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan

Double Vision: Contemporary Art from Japan, State Museum of Modern Art of Russian Academy of Arts, Moscow

mite!ne. Shimane, Iwami Art Museum, Shimane

Yayoi Kusama New Works, Victoria Miro, London

Yayoi Kusama Eternity of Eternal Eternity, The National Museum of Art, Osaka / The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Apr.2012 / Matsumoto City Museum of Art, Nagano, Jul.2012 / Niigata City Art Museum, Nov.2012 / Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, Apr.2013 / Oita Art Museum, Jul.2013 / Museum of Art Kochi, Nov.2013-Feb.2014 / Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, Apr.-Jun.2014 / Akita Senshu Museum of Art & Akita Museum of Modern Art, Jul.-Sep.2014 / Matsuzakaya Museum, Nagoya, Sep.-Oct.2014

2011

YAYOI KUSAMA New Paintings & Sculptures, Victoria Miro, London

YAYOI KUSAMA, Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid

YAYOI KUSAMA, GAGOSIAN GALLERY, Rome

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