Exhibition

Yayoi Kusama

Verschoben auf März 2021

Yayoi Kusama is one of Japan’s most important contemporary artists. The Gropius Bau will devote the first comprehensive retrospective in Germany to Kusama’s work, offering an overview of every creative period from the last seventy years and featuring current paintings as well as a new Infinity Mirrored Room and installation by the artist.

Yayoi Kusama, “Infinity Mirror Room – Phalli’s Field”, 1965

Yayoi Kusama, “Infinity Mirror Room – Phalli’s Field”, 1965

© YAYOI KUSAMA, courtesy: Ota Fine Arts, Victoria Miro & David Zwirner

Yayoi Kusama achieved global recognition for her exploration of repetitive patterns and structures, her signature polka dots and mirrored spaces; in her works, she confronts viewers with realms appearing to extend limitlessly outward and traces the disintegration of the subject in infinity. From the beginnings of her artistic career in New York in the late 1950s, she has combined classical media such as painting, sculpture and drawing with installations, performances and happenings. Presented over nearly 3000-square-metres of exhibition space, the Gropius Bau makes Kusama’s oeuvre accessible to audiences comprehensively for the first time in Germany. The exhibition thus returns to the beginnings of the artist’s widespread popularity in the mid-1960s in German and European contexts, where she was more active than in the USA where she was based at that time. 

At the Museum Ludwig in Cologne the show will begin in April 2021, at the Fondation Beyeler in Riehen it will be on view from October 2021 on.

Curated by Stephanie Rosenthal, Yilmaz Dziewior and Beatrix Ruf
In close collaboration with Yayoi Kusama

An exhibition of Gropius Bau, Berlin; Museum Ludwig, Köln; Fondation Beyeler, Basel
Under the patronage of the Minister of State for Culture and the Media, Prof. Monika Grütters

Made possible by

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Funded by Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne, Sparkassen-Kulturfonds des Deutschen Sparkassen- und Giroverbandes
Supported by Light Art Space
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