Yayoi Kusama: A Retrospective


This book accompanies Yayoi Kusama’s first major European retrospective exhibition, offering a comprehensive overview of the Japanese artist’s influential oeuvre, which spans more than eighty years. The companion to the groundbreaking new retrospective at the Gropius Bau, this publication examines Kusama’s life and work through wholly original insights by leading experts. The book traces the development of Kusama’s creative output from her early paintings and accumulative sculptures to her immersive environments, as well exploring her lesser-known artistic activity in Europe and Germany in particular. It illuminates Kusama’s commitment to political and social issues in Europe, the US and Japan. A diverse selection of images and archival documents feature alongside texts by authors from different theoretical backgrounds. Essays discuss Kusama’s accomplishments in the worlds of fashion, film, art marketing and publishing. They focus on her engagement with different artistic spheres and offer genre-specific observations about her performances, installations and painting series. As panoramic and fascinating as its subject, this monumental retrospective guides viewers interested in Kusama towards a deeper understanding of her creative trajectory and of the breadth of her extraordinary career. AUTHOR: Stephanie Rosenthal is the Director of the Gropius Bau since the beginning of 2018. Previously she held the position of Chief Curator at the Hayward Gallery in London from 2007, where she curated critically acclaimed exhibitions. SELLING POINTS: . Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929) is possibly the most famous living Japanese artist whose work has been exhibited worldwide. She describes herself as an ‘obsessional artist’, whose work is often characterised by her use polka dots and infinity installations . This book accompanies an exhibition at the Gropius Bau Museum in Berlin, representing the first comprehensive retrospective in Germany to Kusama’s work . This is the most comprehensive book on the artist, which covers the entirety of her career . Archival material has been compiled in the creation of this book. Including early reviews and unseen documentary photographs 361 colour, 107 b/w illustrations

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