October 1, 2017 - February 25, 2018
The Yayoi Kusama Museum is to open in Tokyo with the inaugural exhibition Creation is a Solitary Pursuit, Love is What Brings You Closer to Art, presenting the artist’s recent series of paintings My Eternal Soul.
The museum dedicated to Kusama’s work will be directed by Tensei Tatebata, president of Tama Art University in Tokyo and director of the Saitama Museum of Modern Art in Tokiwa. There will be two exhibitions each year and one floor devoted to installations of the artist’s mirrored “infinity rooms;” the top floor will house a reading room and an archive.
The New York Times reports, “the museum, a five-story building designed by Kume Sekkei, was completed in 2014, but Ms. Kusama, 87, remained quiet about its purpose. (She perhaps alluded to the project in an interview in February with The Washington Post when she was asked what had been the highlight of her career. ‘It’s still coming,’ Ms. Kusama said. ‘I’m going to create it in the future.’)”
Critically acclaimed exhibitions of Kusama’s work are currently on view in Asia and America. The solo exhibition Life is the Heart of a Rainbow is at the National Gallery Singapore through September 3. Infinity Mirrors, the major museum survey which includes an unprecedented six infinity rooms as well as installations, sculpture, and large scale paintings, travels throughout the United States and Canada through February 2019.
September 23 – December 9, 2017
Four paintings from Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Net series will be presented at Judd Foundation in New York this Fall. The exhibition will be curated by Donald Judd's son Flavin Judd, and recalls his father's friendship with Kusama and support of her work, including the early Infinity Net paintings. In an ARTNEWS review of Kusama's first solo exhibition in New York at the artist-run Brata Gallery in 1959, Donald Judd wrote, "Yayoi Kusama is an original painter. The five white, very large paintings are strong, advanced in concept and realized . . . The effect is both complex and simple."
The exhibition will be accompanied by public programs exploring Judd's relationship with his contemporaries in New York from the 1960s through the 1980s.
Read more in The Art Newspaper.
November 4, 2017 – February 11, 2018 at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
Life is the Heart of a Rainbow spans seven decades of Kusama's artistic practice and includes 120 works, some being shown for the first time. The exhibition features paintings from the artist's most recent series, My Eternal Soul, as well as sculptures, videos, and installations, including immersive mirrored infinity rooms. Life is the Heart of a Rainbow travels to Queensland Art Gallery at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane from the National Gallery Singapore, where it was the first major museum presentation of the artist's work in Southeast Asia (June 9 - September 3, 2017).
In Brisbane, the exhibition is accompanied by Kusama's Narcissus Garden (1966/2002) in the Watermall at Queensland Art Gallery, and the interactive installation The Obliteration Room (2002 – ongoing) in the Children's Art Centre at the Gallery of Modern Art.
Curated by Russell Storer, Senior Curator at the National Gallery Singapore, with Adele Tanhis, the exhibition was organized by the National Gallery Singapore in collaboration with Queensland Art Gallery.
Three works by Yayoi Kusama were included in the critically acclaimed group exhibition Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Drawn entirely from the Museum’s collection, the exhibition featured a 1951 ink on paper work that is a precursor to her Infinity Nets series, an oil on canvas work entitled No. F (1959), and a collage of gelatin silver prints by the artist dating from 1962.
Works by gallery artists Anni Albers and Ruth Asawa were also included in the exhibition.
Read more: a review of the exhibition by Holland Cotter in The New York Times
The major traveling exhibition Infinity Mirrors is the first institutional survey to explore the evolution of Yayoi Kusama's immersive infinity rooms. Following its debut at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington D.C., the exhibition travels throughout the United States and Canada through 2019. Infinity Mirrors includes an unprecedented 6 infinity rooms, as well as installations, sculpture, and large-scale paintings, many of which will be making their United States debut.
The exhibition travels to the Seattle Art Museum (June 30 to September 10, 2017), The Broad in Los Angeles (October 21, 2017 to January 10, 2018), the Art Gallery of Ontario (March 3 to May 27, 2018), the Cleveland Museum of Art (July 9 to September 30, 2018), and the High Museum of Art (November 18, 2018 to February 17, 2019).
Read the exhibition announcement in the New York Times
Pictured above: Yayoi Kusama in Phallis Field, 1965. Video courtesy of The Guardian
The Philip Johnson Glass House presented a unique installation of Kusama's Narcissus Garden on its grounds in New Canaan, Connecticut. First exhibited at the 1966 Venice Biennale, the work is created from thousands of mirrored steel spheres that, in this iteration, floated on the surface of the Glass House pond, moving with the wind and water's currents. A pumpkin sculpture was also installed on the grounds of the historic landmark site.
The exhibition was organized by Irene Shum, Curator and Collections Manager at the Glass House, to celebrate the 110th anniversary of Philip Johnson's birth and the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Glass House site to the public.
During September 2016, the special installation Dots Obsession – Alive, Seeking for Eternal Hope was also on view. The Glass House itself was covered in red dots, transforming the structure into a signature Kusama infinity room.
Visitors lining up to see the exhibition on its final day