Victoria Miro’s Exhibit Celebrates the Pioneering Work of Yayoi Kusama
Yayoi Kusama remains as influential today, at 87 years of age, as she was when she first began creating art in the 1950s. Her work was a precursor to some of the most famous contemporary artists we know and love today: Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, George Segal and many more. She has created everything from fashion – many of her designs are an inspiration on our work at Charlotte Zimbehl – to sculptures and performance art.
Until July 30th, an exhibition at the Victoria Miro celebrates a diverse range of the Japanese artist’s work, spanning across three galleries and into the waterside garden. The exhibition, which is so popular the gallery is warning visitors to expect queues, is a cultural phenomenon that should not be missed by Londoners. Visitors will, for instance, be able to witness her iconic pumpkin sculptures which Kusama was first commissioned to make in the 1990s. She is also exhibiting some new paintings at Victoria Miro such as new instalments from her ongoing My Eternal Soul series as well as immersive mirror rooms created uniquely for the trendy Mayfair gallery.
The Yayoi Kusama exhibition demonstrates many of the themes that run through the artist’s groundbreaking work. Her brand new My Eternal Soul paintings, on display at the main gallery, embody the surrealism and humour that can often be found in Kusama’s art. Meanwhile, in Gallery 1, the brilliantly named All The Eternal Love I Have For The Pumpkins & Chandelier Of Grief exhibit boasts Kusama’s fascination with minimalism, pop art and feminism art. She helped to pioneer many of these genres – elements of which are entrenched in Charlotte Zimbehl fashion designs.
Kusama’s life has been as eccentric as her art. Although a very popular figure among bohemian New Yorkers in the 1960s, her more conservative home of Japan did not initially embrace such a wild and rebellious artist – the kind who would cover naked bodies and animal skins in polka dots. However, after a long retreat from the limelight whilst suffering from mental illness, Yayoi Kusama has recently become culturally significant again. The Tate Modern and Whitney Museum began retrospectives of her work in 2012 which garnered rapturous critical acclaim. Her bold and provocative art has also finally found fans among a new generation of Japanese creatives.
The Yayoi Kusama exhibition at Victoria Miro is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm. It is free to visit.