On March 22, Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama celebrates her 90th birthday. Moco Museum in Amsterdam pays tribute to the eccentric and enigmatic Polkadot Princess by showcasing the works ‘Night of Stars’ and ‘Pumpkin’.
Yayoi Kusama at Moco Museum in Amsterdam
From 22 March to 30 September 2019, the works ‘Night of Stars’ and ‘Pumpkin’ will be shown in a completely transformed space. The fascination of the globally popular Kusama for ‘Dot Art’ is reflected in her iconic style in which large polkadots play the leading role. In addition to her famous drawings, paintings and installations that show her polkadot specialism, Kusama is strongly committed to feminism and to sexism through her work.
Background Yayoi Kusama
The preference of Kusama for dots and repeating patterns arose during her traumatic youth. She often fled into nature during that period, where she had delusions of flowers and pumpkins that talked to her.
Art turned out to be an outlet and by obsessively immersing her in this, she learned to deal with her fears and hallucinations. Kusama has processed her negative experiences by creating an infinite positive dream world implemented in her paintings and installations. With this she hopes to convey a positive state of mind to herself and others. Despite her high age and mental health issues, Kusama is still active in creating new works.