Yayoi Kusama has taken over the Miro Victoria gallery and it is marvellous!
As soon as you go in, nip up the stairs to your right and check out the pumpkins.
Yayoi Kusama, born March 22, 1929, is a Japanese artist and writer. Throughout her career, she has worked in a wide variety of media, including painting, collage, scat sculpture, performance art, and environmental installations, most of which exhibit her thematic interest in psychedelic colours, repetition, and pattern. A precursor of the pop art, minimalist and feminist art movements, Kusama influenced contemporaries such as Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg. Although largely forgotten after departing the New York art scene in the early 1970s, Kusama is now acknowledged as one of the most important living artists to come out of Japan, and an important voice of the avant-garde.
“‘Pumpkin head’ was an epithet used to disparage ugly, ignorant men, and the phrase ‘Put eyes and a nose on a pumpkin’ evoked a pudgy and unattractive woman. It seems that pumpkins do not inspire much respect. But I was enchanted by their charming and winsome form. What appealed to me most was the pumpkin’s generous unpretentiousness. That and its solid spiritual base” (Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Net: The Autobiography of Yayoi Kusama
And some magic:
“All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins” 2016 Yayoi Kusama
There’s more room to walk around in this one, and it can feel as though you’re waltzing through a dream.
Keep going and waltz right out into the garden.
“Narcissus Garden” 1966
If you keep strolling on to the edge of the garden, you’ll find a staircase.
Yayoi- is one of the most adorable artists!
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