Yayoi Kusama

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About the Artist

For almost seventy years Yayoi Kusama has developed a practice, which, though it shares affiliations with Surrealism, Minimalism, Pop art, Eccentric Abstraction, the Zero and Nul movements, resists any singular classification. Born in Matsumoto City, Japan in 1929, she studied painting in Kyoto before moving to New York in the late 1950s, and by the mid-1960s had become well known in the avant-garde world for her provocative happenings and exhibitions. Since this time, Kusama's extraordinary artistic endeavours have spanned painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, performance, film, printmaking, installation and environmental art as well as literature, fashion (most notably in her 2012 collaboration with Louis Vuitton) and product design.

 

An enduring feature of Kusama's unique art is the intricate lattice of paint that covers the surface of her Infinity Net canvases, the negative spaces between the individual loops of these all-over patterns emerging as delicate polka dots. These motifs have their roots in hallucinations from which she has suffered since childhood, in which the world appears to her to be covered with proliferating forms. Forging a path between abstract expressionism and minimalism, Kusama first showed her white Infinity Nets in New York in the late 1950s to critical acclaim. She continues to develop their possibilities in monochromatic works which are covered with undulating meshes that seem to fluctuate and dissolve as the viewer moves around them.

In Focus

A tour through the exhibition Yayoi Kusama, at Victoria Miro, 25 May - 30 July 2016

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Spanning the gallery's three locations and waterside garden, and featuring new paintings – including Kusama's important, ongoing 'My Eternal Soul' series and signature 'Infinity Nets' – iconic pumpkin sculptures, and immersive mirror rooms, all conceived specially for this presentation. 25 May - 30 July 2016. 

Previous exhibitions at Victoria Miro

25 May - 30 July 2016

Yayoi Kusama

Sculptures, Paintings & Mirror Rooms
Spanning the gallery’s three locations and waterside garden, this major exhibition features new paintings – including her important, ongoing My Eternal Soul series and signature Infinity Nets – iconic pumpkin sculptures, and immersive mirror rooms, all conceived specially for this...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
25 May - 30 July 2016

Yayoi Kusama

My Eternal Soul paintings
Spanning the gallery’s three locations and waterside garden, this major exhibition features new paintings – including her important, ongoing My Eternal Soul series and signature Infinity Nets – iconic pumpkin sculptures, and immersive mirror rooms, all conceived specially for this...
Victoria Miro Mayfair
16 September - 19 December 2014

Yayoi Kusama

Bronze Pumpkins
The exhibition comprises a major new series of bronze sculptures on display in the gallery's unique water garden. The bronze pumpkins have been two years in the making and mark the first time the artist has worked with bronze on...
Victoria Miro Garden
14 - 22 June 2014

Victoria Miro at Schloss Sihlberg

Group Exhibition
This special presentation by Victoria Miro in Schloss Sihlberg, Zürich considers the work of three artists, Idris Khan, Yayoi Kusama and Conrad Shawcross, focussing on an intersection of their practices through the use of abstraction and repetition. The presentation runs...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
1 October - 16 November 2013

Yayoi Kusama

White Infinity Nets
Victoria Miro inaugurates its new Mayfair gallery with a presentation of recent white Infinity Net paintings by Yayoi Kusama. It is the first time Kusama has exclusively shown white Infinity Nets in Europe and in its select concentration on these...
Victoria Miro Mayfair
25 April - 25 May 2013

Yayoi Kusama

Paintings & Accumulation Sculptures
An exhibition of seven new sculptures alongside a series of twelve recent paintings. These sculptures are the latest in Kusama's ongoing Accumulations series of works, originated in the 1960s, in which Kusama covered the surfaces of everyday objects, items of...
Victoria Miro Gallery II
10 February - 5 April 2012

Yayoi Kusama

New Works
Victoria Miro Gallery is delighted to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Japan's most revered contemporary artist, Yayoi Kusama. The paintings have been selected from a major series commenced during the past three years. Initially conceived by Kusama to...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
7 June - 29 July 2011

Yayoi Kusama

New Paintings & Sculptures
Giant sculptures of tulips, a pumpkin, dogs and a doll are located in the gallery's canal-side garden and ground floor exhibition space, along with new paintings, creating a surreal inside-out landscape of nature and artifice. Kusama's preoccupation with the infinite...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
7 October - 13 November 2010

Yayoi Kusama

Flowers That Bloom Tomorrow
Victoria Miro is delighted to present an ensemble of three new flower sculptures by Yayoi Kusama. The giant triffid-like flora will unfold in all their psychedelic glory, against the backdrop of the Gallery's canalside garden creating a surreal landscape...
Victoria Miro Garden
22 June - 30 July 2010

In the Company of Alice

Group Exhibition
'If you do not solve your painting problem in painting human beings, you do not solve it at all'. Gertrude Stein Hernan Bas, John Currin, Verne Dawson, Peter Doig, Marlene Dumas, David Harrison, NS Harsha, Boscoe Holder, Chantal Joffe, Karen...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
23 June - 25 July 2009

Yayoi Kusama

Outdoor Sculptures
Yayoi Kusama - whose legendary career spans six decades - celebrates her 80th birthday this year. To mark the occasion Victoria Miro is delighted to present, for the first time in London, three new pumpkin works. Situated in the gallery's...
Victoria Miro Garden
7 February - 20 March 2008

Yayoi Kusama

For the first time Victoria Miro presents an exhibition which spans both exhibition spaces at 14 & 16 Wharf Road offering a substantial presentation of Yayoi Kusama's work. For this exhibition, Kusama has conceived a new installation Dots Obsession -...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
10 October - 17 November 2007

Yayoi Kusama

Victoria Miro is pleased to announce a two-part exhibition by revered Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama. Born in 1929, Yayoi Kusama is one of the most influential and widely recognised artists of her generation. A contemporary and peer of Robert Ryman,...
Victoria Miro Gallery II
27 June - 15 September 2001

Works on Paper

Group Exhibition (From Acconci to Zittel)
Giovanni Anselmo, Alex Katz, Lisa Yuskavage, Vito Acconci, Henry Moore, Dawn Mellor, Nicolas de Stael, Cecily Brown, Karen Kilimnik, Sue Williams, Inka Essenhigh, Rosemarie Trockel, John Currin, David Hockney David Smith, Paul Klee, Verne Dawson, Sonia Delaunay-Terk, Stephen Willats, Terry...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
7 May - 30 June 2000

Raw

Group Exhibition
Yayoi Kusama. Francesca Woodman, Robin Lowe, Adriana Varejão, Isaac Julien, Doug Aitken, Abigail Lane, Hadrian Pigott, Brad Lochore, Cecily Brown, Chris Ofili, Andreas Gursky, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Inez van Lamsweerde, Peter Doig, Thomas Demand, Stephen Willats, Dawn Mellor, Chantal Joffe,...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
9 February - 10 March 2000

Spot On

Group Exhibition
Ross Bleckner, Peter Doig, Udomsak Krisanamis, Yayoi Kusama, Chris Ofili This exhibition features five artists whose recurring, yet widely divergent, use of circular shapes, dots, droplets and spots are technical and aesthetic tools used for the exploration into objects, places,...
Victoria Miro Gallery II
18 November 1998 - 8 January 1999

Yayoi Kusama

Most of Kusama's oeuvre can be traced back to early hallucinations she first had in her childhood of multiplying dots and nets which gradually spread to dominate her universe. These visions developed into obsessive neuroses which fuelled her paintings, sculptures...
Victoria Miro Gallery II
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