Yayoi Kusama is a contemporary Japanese artist. She is famous for her immersive installations, sculptures, paintings, and performances. The artist is known for her obsession with polka dots. Kusama is now one of the most influential and respected artists in the world of art.
Born in 1929 in Matsumoto, Japan, Kusama grew up in a conservative family that disapproved of her passion for art. She studied oil painting at the Kyoto School of Arts, but was quickly drawn to the artistic avant-garde of Tokyo. In 1957, she moved to New York. She then began to create her works influenced by the minimalist art movement and popular art.
Kusama is known for her use of repetitive patterns, particularly polka dots. She also uses mirrors to create illusions of infinity and depth. Her works often have a psychedelic character and provoke an immersive and introspective experience.
Among Kusama’s most famous works are her Infinity Rooms, immersive installations that use mirrors and lights to create the illusion of infinite space. She also created monumental sculptures such as Pumpkin, a giant pumpkin sculpture that has become a symbol of contemporary Japanese art. Here we present Pumpkin Red, one of Kusama’s official art objects based on the most famous “pumpkin” motif. Throughout her career, Kusama has won numerous awards and distinctions. She was also the first female artist to represent Japan at the Venice Biennale in 1993. Her works are exhibited in the world’s largest museums, including the MoMA in New York, the Pompidou Center in Paris, and the Tate Modern in London.
Yayoi Kusama leaves an indelible mark on the world of contemporary art, influencing generations of artists with her unique style and creative vision. Her work inspires and fascinates art lovers around the world. Her influence is felt in the fields of art, fashion, and popular culture.
In 2012, Yayoi Kusama collaborated with the luxury brand Louis Vuitton to create a collection of ready-to-wear, accessories, and leather goods. This collaboration was a huge success, sparking a global craze for products adorned with her famous polka dot motifs.
In 2023, the artist signed a new collaboration with Louis Vuitton and invested two Parisian boutiques: On the Champs-Elysées with her monumental installation, where she is discovered in XXL format, decorating the iconic building of the brand. And on Place Vendôme, where a robot version of herself continuously draws her signature polka dots on the storefront.
Yayoi Kusama thus signs a collaboration entitled “Creating Infinity” with the leather goods brand Louis Vuitton for a capsule collection of over 400 pieces.