Yayoi Kusama: 1945 to Now
Guggenheim Bilbao – Jun 27 to Oct 08, 2023
Retrospective exhibition of Japanese artist and writer Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929, Matsumoto, Nagano), a singular voice recovered by the history of art and situated in the place that she deserves, turning her into a global cultural icon. During the last seven decades, Kusama has firmly chased her vanguardist vision, perfecting a unique personal aesthetic and a life-central philosophy. Her work captivates us with unlimited spaces and reflections on the natural regeneration cycles.
Yayoi Kusama narrates the artist’s life and work history, bringing to the foreground her longing for interconnectedness and the deep questions about the existence that drive her creative explorations. The most extensive retrospective of the artist celebrated in the last decade in Spain with nearly 200 artworks—paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, and archive material that document her happenings and performances—the exhibition examines Kusama’s work since her first drawings as a teenager, during World War II, until her most recent immersive installations. Organized chronologically and thematically, the show recreates Kusama’s central themes: Infinity, Accumulation, Radical Connectivity, Biocosmic, Death, and Force of Life, an in-depth view of the obsessive universe of an artist who has been trying for decades to shake up our universe with her work “to cure all humanity.”
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