We are delighted to co-present with Ota Fine Arts and David Zwirner a major public work by Yayoi Kusama conceived for Place Vendôme, Paris, as part of FIAC Hors les Murs, 2019. Installed near the Vendôme Column, Life of the Pumpkin Recites, All About the Biggest Love for the People, 2019, expands on several of the most recognisable motifs of Kusama’s visual language – the pumpkin, the polka dot and the inflatable – and is the artist’s largest inflatable sculpture to date.
Speaking at the time of her exhibition at Victoria Miro in 2016, Kusama said: ‘My love of pumpkins stretches back to when I was a little child. I have always found them to be such tender things to touch and so wonderfully humorous, humble and appealing. They have a warm feeling and human-like quality in their form. They make me feel happy. They are my friends. And I will always celebrate them in paintings and sculptures.’
(Harper's Bazaar, July 2016, p. 89-91).
Image: Kusama with Pumpkin, 1998
Courtesy Ota Fine Arts, David Zwirner, and Victoria Miro
© YAYOI KUSAMA