Yayoi Kusama

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About the Artist

Over the course of her distinguished career, 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.

  • In Focus – Yayoi Kusama: I Want Your Tears to Flow with the Words I Wrote

     

    A film of Yayoi Kusama's major presentation of new works at the gallery, featuring a dynamic installation of paintings from the artist's iconic My Eternal Soul series. Narrated by Akira Tatehata, author of the exhibition publication, which is available in store from Saturday 10 July.

     

  • Previous exhibitions at Victoria Miro

    4 June - 31 July 2021

    Yayoi Kusama: I Want Your Tears to Flow with the Words I Wrote

    Victoria Miro is delighted to present Yayoi Kusama’s thirteenth solo exhibition with the gallery. This major presentation of new works features a dynamic installation of paintings from Kusama’s iconic My Eternal Soul series, bronze pumpkins and painted soft sculptures. Additionally, a newly realised sculpture, presented within a darkened interior and internally lit, offers viewers the opportunity to examine the central themes of Kusama’s art: infinite reflection, the bounded and the boundless.

     

    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    3 October - 21 December 2018

    Yayoi Kusama

    THE MOVING MOMENT WHEN I WENT TO THE UNIVERSE, a major exhibition of new works by Yayoi Kusama, takes place across the Wharf Road galleries and waterside garden. The exhibition features new paintings, including works from the iconic My Eternal...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    11 April - 16 June 2018

    Surface Work

    This international, cross-generational exhibition is a celebration of women artists who have shaped and transformed, and continue to influence and expand, the language and definition of abstract painting. The exhibition was additionally on display at Gallery I and Gallery II...
    Victoria Miro Mayfair
    23 September - 5 November 2016

    Protest

    Doug Aitken, Jules de Balincourt, Vlassis Caniaris, Elmgreen & Dragset, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Christian Holstad, Isaac Julien, Yayoi Kusama, Wangechi Mutu, Alice Neel, Chris Ofili, Richard Prince, Sarah Sze, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Kara Walker Historical and...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    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
    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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