Yayoi KUSAMA

Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist, born in Matsumoto, Japan in 1929 who studied at the Kyoto School of Arts and Crafts. She lives and works in Tokyo.

Well known for her use of dense patterns of polka dots and nets, as well as her intense, large-scale environments, Yayoi Kusama works in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, film, performance, and immersive installation. Kusama came to the United States in 1957 and quickly found herself at the epicenter of the New York avant-garde. After achieving fame through groundbreaking exhibitions and art “happenings,” she returned to her native country in 1973 and is now one of Japan’s most prominent contemporary artists.

Kusama represented Japan at the Venice Biennale in 1993. She has been the subject of international touring exhibitions organized by institutions such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1998); Le Consortium, Dijon, France (2000); National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (2004); and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2008); as well as a major retrospective shown at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Tate Modern, London; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2011–12). The artist has won numerous awards and honors, including the Asahi Prize (2001), French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2003), and 18th Praemium Imperiale award for painting (2006). Kusama was the subject of Near Equal Yayoi Kusama: I Adore Myself(2008), a documentary film by Takako Matsumoto. In 2017, Kusama founded the Yayoi Kusama Museum in Japan. 

  • Infinite Diversity

    Infinite Diversity

    Singapore

    November 25, 2016 - December 11, 2016

  • Masters of Distinction

    Masters of Distinction

    Singapore

    September 16, 2016 - October 16, 2016

  • New Realities in the 20th and 21st century

    New Realities in the 20th and 21st century

    Hong Kong

    March 12, 2015 - April 18, 2015

  • MONOCHROMANIAC

    MONOCHROMANIAC

    Geneva

    October 02, 2014 - October 18, 2014

  • Abstract Experiences: Beyond the Real

    Abstract Experiences: Beyond the Real

    Hong Kong

    May 23, 2014 - June 13, 2014

  • Contemporary Emotion

    Contemporary Emotion

    London

    February 13, 2013 - March 09, 2013

  • Infinity in the Universe of Yayoi Kusama

    Infinity in the Universe of Yayoi Kusama

    Hong Kong

    May 16, 2012 - June 01, 2012

  • Contemporary masters

    Contemporary masters

    London

    February 17, 2012 - March 02, 2012