‘SPIRITS OF AGGREGATION’ at Yayoi Kusama Museum
We went to an exhibition called ‘SPIRITS OF AGGREGATION’ at Yayoi Kusama Museum.
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Yayoi Kusama Museum
Yayoi Kusama: Avant-Garde Artist. She was recognized as the ‘world’s most popular artist in 2014’ by British art magazine ‘Art Newspaper’ and was awarded the Order of Culture in Japan in 2016.
‘Dots Obsession’ welcomed us at the entrance.
Featuring Yayoi Kusama’s very early pieces to her recent works is the Accumulation or Aggregation series – first produced in 1961 – which consists of repeated identical motifs as showcased in this exhibition. Her artworks represent her compulsive obsession with the hallucinations she experienced as a young girl, as well as her neurotic anxieties over sex and her disgust towards food in the industrial civilization.
This is her early work in the series.
‘Dots Obsession’— an installation frequently exhibited since the late 1990s and perceived as an accumulation of polka dots ¬— and the latest canvas series, My Eternal Soul, are also featured.
For her latest large canvas series, “My Eternal Soul”, 16 artworks out of over 620 of her paintings are hanging on the walls on the 3rd floor.
“My Eternal Soul”series
Her recent works are decorated with explosive colors and are full of ‘live’ energy.
In addition to the mesh and polka dot motifs, a wide variety of motifs such as eyes, a face profile, amoeba and a house centipede are mixed together.
Yayoi Kusama said these words during an interview in 1964:
‘I notice myself being thrown into an oddly mechanized and standardized homogeneous environment.”
Looking at her works, I felt her words and it seemed as though I could think about what ‘live’ energy means.
‘Welcoming the Joyful Season’ ‘Unfolding Buds’
There are polka dot patterns in the elevator as well!!
For complete transformation, the stairs are filled with lights from the outside, boosting expectation for the next space.
Another latest installation is the‘Ladder to Heaven’on the 4th floor.
It appears that the ladder breaks through the ceiling and is going towards the heaven.
The ladder hanging above has round mirrors on the top and bottom, giving the reflection that the ladder is going higher and higher.
Colorful catalogs and books on Yayoi Kusama are displayed on the stands in the browsing area.
The 3D ‘Pumpkin’ sculpture made of stainless steel is found at the rooftop gallery!
Have a look at many souvenir items in front of the reception area on the 1st floor.
For more information on the exhibition, please visit:
Yayoi Kusama Museum
Dates: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and National Holidays
Reservation for the designated date/ Number of guests is fixed (90 min. time slot)
Tickets go on sale at 10 am (Japan Time) on the first day of each month for entry the following month.
*The information herein is as of October 2019.