yayoi kusama's mirror rooms, pumpkins and paintings abound in london yayoi kusama's mirror rooms, pumpkins and paintings abound in london
may 27, 2016

yayoi kusama's mirror rooms, pumpkins and paintings abound in london

yayoi kusama’s mirror rooms, pumpkins and paintings abound in london
(above) ‘all the eternal love I have for the pumpkins’, 2016
wood, mirror, plastic, acrylic, LED | 292.4 x 415 x 415 cm | 115 1/8 x 163 3/8 x 163 3/8 in
image courtesy of victoria miro gallery

 

 

 

unfolding across victoria miro gallery’s three london locations and waterside garden, an exhibition by famed japanese artist yayoi kusama features a monumental collection of paintings, pumpkin sculptures, and mirror rooms created especially for this presentation.

 

at the wharf road galleries, kusama has created three mirror rooms: ‘all the eternal love I have for the pumpkins’, ‘chandelier of grief’, and ‘where the lights in my heart go’. the immersive kaleidoscopic expanses place viewers at the center of a universe of ever-changing impressions. alongside the reflective rooms, new paintings continue kusama’s lifelong preoccupation with the multiplicity of polka dots and scalloped ‘infinity net’ patterns. described by the artist as a form of ‘active self-obliteration’, the obsessive duplication of these forms on canvas is drawn from hallucinations she first experienced as a child. finally, the pumpkin — another motif that she has returned to throughout her career — is also presented as new mirror polished sculptures.

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‘all the eternal love I have for the pumpkins’, 2016
image courtesy of victoria miro gallery

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detail of ‘all the eternal love I have for the pumpkins’ 
image courtesy of victoria miro gallery

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‘where the lights in my heart go’, 2016
stainless steel, aluminium | 300 x 300 x 300 cm | 118 1/8 x 118 1/8 x 118 1/8 in
image courtesy of victoria miro gallery

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‘chandelier of grief’, 2016
steel, alumunium, one-way mirror, acrylic, chandelier, motor, plastic, LED | 353.8 x 556.3 x 481.8 cm | 139 1/4 x 219 1/8 x 189 3/4 in
image courtesy of victoria miro gallery

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installation view at victoria miro gallery — 16 wharf road, london
image courtesy of victoria miro gallery

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‘pumpkin (L)’, 2016
mirror polished bronze | 152 x 120 cm | 59 7/8 x 47 1/4 in
image courtesy of victoria miro gallery

 

 

 

at the mayfair gallery, new paintings are presented from kusama’s ongoing series ‘my eternal soul’. each of the works are flatly painted as a monochrome background, and are filled with imagery like eyes, faces, and indeterminate forms in often pulsating color combinations. improvisatory, fluid and instinctual, these works emphasize kusama’s constantly-evolving oeuvre over seven decades. 

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installation view at victoria miro mayfair — 14 st george street, london
image courtesy of victoria miro gallery

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installation view at victoria miro mayfair — 14 st george street, london
image courtesy of victoria miro gallery

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‘shedding tears to the season’, 2015
acrylic on canvas | 194 x 194 x 7 cm | 76 3/8 x 76 3/8 x 2 3/4 in
image courtesy of victoria miro gallery

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