I Loved You at the First Dot – Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama’s exhibitions are always exciting and breathtaking. From paintings to sculptures and infinity rooms, her artwork captivates.

Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese contemporary artist who works primarily in sculpture and installation mediums. Furthermore, she is also active in painting, performance, film, fashion, poetry, fiction, and other art forms. Kusama’s work is predominantly based on conceptual art and her famous Infinity Rooms. Certainly, she lives in her own universe. Indeed, it’s wonderful how she expresses herself through her art.

I have never put myself into any sort of mold, and I have lived only in the realm of freedom.

– Kusama

Infinity Room, Yayoi Kusama
The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away. Infinity Room at the High Museum of Art. Photo by Tijana.
Phallis Field
Phallis Field. Photo by Tijana.
Yayoi Kusama Exhibit, High Museum of Art
Yayoi Kusama Exhibit. High Museum of Art. Photo by Tijana.
Kusama's Paintings and Sculptures.
Paintings and Sculptures. Photo by Tijana.
The Obliteration Room by Yayoi Kusama. 

At the start of the exhibition in each city, this room is completely white. To begin, you will receive the stickers which you can then place on any item, floor or walls – anywhere you want. As a matter of fact, visitors come to this room and create their own collective art piece. Finally, at the end of the exhibition, the room is obliterated with the colorful dots. Of course, it is ever-changing and never the same. What I love the most about it, is the idea and the thought process. The human mind never ceases to amaze me.

The Obliteration Room - Yayoi Kusama
The Obliteration Room. Photo by Tijana.
Phallis Field Detail
Detail. Yayoi Kusama. Photo by Tijana.
Red Dots Painting - Kusama
Undoubtedly, very Kusama. Painting detail. Photo by Tijana.
Grey dots beauty painting - Kusama
Grey dots beauty, painting detail. Photos by Tijana.
Peeping Hole into a Micro World
Through a peeping hole. In essence, a glimpse into Kusama’s magical micro world. Photo by Tijana.

All photos by Tijana. High Museum of Art. Additionally, the image of Kusama on the High Museum’s wall is photographed by Tijana.

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9 comments

  • Freshte

    The planet of polka dots, just need to discover by an eye! Amazing.

    • zestandcuriosity (author)

      Thank you Freshte. Kusam has created a truly magical world out of her fascination with polka dots. She is 90 years now and still creating. That is a beauty of the creative process, it is ageless As is her art.

  • Ivana

    It is impossible not to smile at the sight of all this colour 🙂
    I find art installations always thought-provoking, which is their aim in essence, but I especially love the use of space. The space makes modern museums such special places of wonder.

    • zestandcuriosity (author)

      She found beauty in colors and polka dots and perfected it. Isn’t it marvelous? It is such a passion of hers, that is unmistakably hers. She truly lives in a wonderful universe of her own. What an imagination!

    • zestandcuriosity (author)

      And yes, modern art is fascinating. It is the “now” moment – the moment we live in. Often it reflects our realities, for example using digital technologies that didn’t have just 25 years ago. But, expressions and thoughts behind each art piece are always what fascinates me the most. It is nice to see a mix of modern, and classic. I can get lost in museums, for days. sometimes, even museum buildings are a piece of art – like Bilbao, Kiasma, the High Museum of Art and many more. Thank you for your comment Ivana.

  • Jordan Owen

    I love Yayoi’s work. I first discovered it when it was used in Peter Gabriel’s music videos and later his computer game Eve.

    • zestandcuriosity (author)

      I didn’t know that! You can find art in the most strange places. Was it a good game? Quite interesting fact that Kusama collaborated with Peter Gabriel in video game, no less.

  • how

    fantastic issues altogether, you simply gained a new reader.

    • zestandcuriosity (author)

      Thank you, I am glad that you enjoyed it.

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