Yayoi Kusama has taken over Tate Modern. Even before you enter her brilliant exhibition (which opens today!) proper you will walk across the fourth floor landing, usually a stark, minimal area. During Kusama's exhibit however, there are huge red and white spotty balls which take the space into acid trip territory. It's an ideal amuse-bouche for the exhibition itself, which I saw at Tuesday's press view. The museum has done a brilliant job of translating Kusama's key themes of proliferation, obsession and maximalism into an immersive experience for visitors. The exhibition's curator, Frances Morris, describes Kusama as 'ceaselessly productive'. It was apt then, that just as the press tour was about to begin, Kusama arrived in her polka dot wheelchair, resplendent in a red and white spotted dress, the brightest red jacket, orange Louis Vuitton bag (they're sponsoring the show) and the most scarlett hair I've ever seen. Although she's a tiny figure with a faint voice, her arrival heralded chaos, the tour was postponed while Morris walked through the show with the artist. And so everyone in attendance bustled around, resembling the kind of clustered formation which Kusama is famed for creating in her work.
|Yayoi Kusama arrives at the Tate Modern|
|The Infinity Net room- the most minimal of |
the show but beautiful studied up close.
|Walking Piece, 1966|
|Heaven and Earth, 1991|
|One of Kusama's Accumulation collages|
The boxy shape of the pink and grey phallic dress is not so different to the silhouette we often see from Marc Jacobs. The phallic theme is possibly not super commercial, however we're sensing that Yayoi likes her metallics (see silver dress and bronze shoes below) and the big flowers on the silver dress are completely fabulous.
|Silver Dress, from 1966|
|A Phallic shoe, from 1965|
|Recent paintings by Yayoi Kusama|
P.S This is a fab little film about Kusama's life as an artist...
Yayoi Kusama is on at Tate Modern from today until 5th June. Book here to avoid disappointment
All images by Fashion Junior at Large.