Psychedelic, surreal and colourful, the works of Yayoi Kusama are windows on the infinite and fantasy itself. Honoured by the most important international museums - from the MoMa of New York to the Tate Gallery and, of course, the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo - the eighty.nine-year-old Japanese artist is the protagonist of the stellar event of London’s exhibition season. The only visual artist to enter into the top 100 list of the most influential people in the world according to Time Magazine, Yayoi Kusama left her mark on the history of contemporary art and more - her incredible hallucinations have entered into the collective consciousness over the last decades in works such as the video Love Town by Peter Gabriel and even in the Louis Vuitton collection (2012). And while her eccentric look has made her an icon, the prices of her works at auction have also certainly helped to solidify her mythological status. Spread out in the two locations of the Victoria Miro Gallery, the exhibition is an opportunity to enter, literally, into a parallel realm made up of patterns repeated to infinity, where the celebrated expanses of polka dots and luminous pumpkins live alongside phallic forms, eyes and profiles of faces. Immersive installations, sculptures, paintings as long as ten metres with an absolutely original and unmistakable aesthetic, which, in almost 70 years, has defied classification. Feminist, conceptualist, minimalist, surrealist, pop, abstract? No label can reason with the indefatigable Japanese artist, writer and performer, who, after her explosion on the New York scene in the ‘60s, went back to Japan, where she voluntarily chose to live in a psychiatric hospital and continued to create works on a typical pace of every three days.
Between Heaven and Earth, the Magic of Luchita Hurtado
Among the most influential personages of 2019 according to Time Magazine, the ninety-eight-year-old painter comes to London for her first-ever monographic exhibition in Europe. Her secret? “Never say no to life.”