Vivacious, innovative, unmistakable - this year, the work of Yayoi Kusama is being celebrated in every corner of the globe and Shanghai is getting ready to do just that. For the occasion, the Ota Fine Arts Gallery, which has collaborated with the Japanese artist over time, offers a series of prints created over four decades. Works created with varying techniques - xylography, serigraphy, engraving and embossing - but also characterised by some common elements - dazzling colours, grids, squash designs and iconic “polka-dot patterns”. Celebrated for her sculptures and installations, Kusama started working with prints as early as 1979. The artist incessantly applied this technique throughout her career because it corresponds to her primary artistic intent, ever-present in her work - the creation of duplicates of the same element, the accumulation of elements and the sharing of her works with the world at large. On display are also a collection of more intimate xylographies which tell of the profound connection between Kusama and Mount Fuji, the volcano which is a symbol of Japan. Simple designs, essential, instinctive. A declaration of love to what the artist calls “the home of her heart”.
At the Yuz Museum, the artist stages a dialogue with her father to talk of the generation gap. A tale which is both personal and social.