Midway Between Mystery and Symbol: Yayoi Kusama's Monochrome
Thursday, April 29, 2021 - Sunday, December 26, 2021
All tickets must be purchased in advance online. Entry is timed and only valid for a specific 90 minute time-slot.
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Just as concealment reveals everything, or as the little hole in the peach reveals the existence of the worm, so by a similar method I want to lay bare the mystery. I want to live hidden in the world that lies midway between mystery and symbol.
―Yayoi Kusama, “Ivan the Fool,” 1955
Since ancient times, monochrome has been popular in both the East and the West as ink wash paintings and monochromatic paintings. In the twentieth century, monochrome has been developed in various art movements alongside the progress of abstract expression.
Yayoi Kusama has also produced a number of monochrome works. Starting with the monochrome paintings represented by Infinity Nets - a series that she has continued to produce since its release in 1959, to soft sculptures painted with white, gold, or silver. From mirrored rooms that reflect all kinds of colors despite being monochromatic themselves, to installations that fill spaces with monochromatic flowers, to her latest series of paintings, My Eternal Soul. Kusama continues to work with a palette limited to a single color, or to two colors including the ground color.
In these works, the image and the ground are fluid, covering the surface of the work in an all-over manner, and giving the impression of extending outward from the work itself. Here, monochrome emphasizes the repetition, or unifies the accumulation, and plays a major role in amplifying the intense visuality and sense of drive.
In this exhibition, we present a variety of Kusama's monochrome works from her early years to the present, and introduce her unique world of monochrome, which can be said to be an enantiosis exploration of color in the expression of self-obliteration that she has consistently pursued.
Yayoi Kusama Museum is closed from March 30 to April 28 to prepare for the next exhibition.
Yayoi Kusama Museum’s measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 infection
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[Our measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 infection]
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Please read the following notes before visiting:
An open correspondence concerning the special exhibition ZERO IS INFINITY ZERO and Yayoi Kusama is now available online (Part 2).
The commemorative lecture “ZERO and Yayoi Kusama” scheduled on March 5, 2020 has been cancelled due to the condition of COVID-19. To introduce the relationship between ZERO and Yayoi Kusama, Dr. Barbara Könches (managing director of ZERO foundation) and Seiha Kurosawa (curator of Yayoi Kusama Museum) exchange their opinions through a series of open correspondence.
Yayoi Kusama Foundation collaborates with Veuve Clicquot
Yayoi Kusama has designed a limited edition gift box and a limited edition flower sculpture for La Grande Dame 2012 of Veuve Clicquot. Read more