Eight key collaborations and initiatives by up to date artist Yayoi Kusama

Following Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s newest collaboration with style model Louis Vuitton, now we have collected eight initiatives and collaborations that includes her trademark vibrant polka dots.

At nearly 94 years previous, Kusama is broadly thought-about to be one of many world’s most profitable residing artists, with a portfolio starting from installations, sculptures and efficiency artwork to style, portray and video.

For many years, she has positioned repetitive dots on the centre of her initiatives, which frequently confer with the hallucinations and visions that she has skilled since her youth.

From clothes and design merchandise to installations which have travelled around the globe, listed here are eight of Kusama’s key initiatives:


Kusama has designed the inside of a variety of Louis Vuitton shops. Photograph is courtesy of Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton collaboration

Louis Vuitton marked the launch of a capsule assortment designed along with Kusama this month with varied daring installations at Louis Vuitton shops throughout the globe, which have been redecorated to mirror the artist’s signature daring model.

An inflatable duplicate of Kusama was positioned peering over the roof of Paris’ polka-dot-clad Champs-Élysées retailer, whereas a large-scale sculpture of the artist was positioned subsequent to outsized mirrored balls at a pop-up outlet in Tokyo.

A life-like animatronic robotic of Kusama was inserted right into a New York store window on Fifth Avenue, which playfully paints her well-known spots onto the glass for onlookers to see.

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Yayoi Kusama's polka dot trees in New York
Photograph is by Robert Benson Pictures

Kusama: Cosmic Nature

A park-wide exhibition on the New York Botanical Backyard featured bushes wrapped in spotty pink and white polyester, which had been tightly held collectively by bungee cords and steel staples.

Dancing Pumpkin (foremost picture) is an abstract-shaped bronze sculpture characterised by black and yellow polka dots that was positioned on a walkway for guests to work together with.

The artist additionally poured 1,400 mirrored metal balls right into a pond, which kinds a part of Narcissus Backyard – an ongoing mission that started in 1966.

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Spotty skateboards by Yayoi Kusama for MoMA
Photograph is courtesy of Yayoi Kusama

The Dots Skateboards

The artist utilized her iconic spots to a collection of hand-painted skateboard decks, which she bought on the MoMA Design Retailer in New York in collaboration with the museum.

Accessible in two colourways – pink and white and black and yellow – the wooded decks had been painted on their undersides by Kusama, who alternated between small and bigger polka dots for the designs.

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Yayoi Kusama plasters red dots across Philip Johnson's Glass House
Photograph is by Matthew Placek

Dots Obsession – Alive, Looking for for Everlasting Hope

The late architect Philip Johnson’s self-designed Nineteen Forties house, Glass Home, encompasses a rectilinear construction and glass partitions which are generally related to modernist residences.

Kusama accomplished a month-long intervention on the house, which is now a museum and gallery. The artist caught lots of of pink dots on the constructing’s facade, based mostly on the concept the mission would permit guests to “see the world by way of the eyes” of Kusama and Johnson concurrently.

An iteration of Narcissus Backyard was additionally put in on the website.

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Yayoi Kusama collaboration with Louis Vuitton in 2012
Picture is courtesy of Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton collaboration

Big perforated lamps shaped the backdrop for this idea retailer at Selfridges, which displayed the primary garment and accent assortment by Kusama and Louis Vuitton in 2012.

To design the gathering, the style model drew inspiration from a latest Tate Trendy exhibition of Kusama’s work. Varied luggage and clothes, similar to a plastic trench coat, had been coated with vibrant preparations of the artist’s iconic polka-dots.

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Pumpkin sculpture on pier by Yayoi Kusama
Picture is courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

Pumpkin sculpture

Merely titled Pumpkin, this sculpture stood on the top of a pier on the Benesse Artwork Web site on Naoshima Island in Kusama’s native Japan, earlier than it was swept into the ocean following a hurricane final August.

The black and yellow polka-dotted pumpkin is broadly thought-about to be one of many nation’s most recognisable artworks. It was fractured into items following the tropical storm and is at the moment within the strategy of being repaired.


Rockaway 2018! by Yayoi Kusama
Photograph is by Pablo Enriquez

Narcissus Backyard on Rockaway Peninsula

In 2018, Kusama transported her Narcissus Backyard mission to a hurricane-damaged practice storage on New York’s Rockaway Peninsula the place 1,500 mirrored balls shaped a dramatic set up.

The orb-like sculptures contrasted with the derelict website, which had been left to break after which suffered additional decay after Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

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Yayoi Kusama Infinity Rooms
Picture is courtesy of The Broad

Infinity Mirror Rooms

Like Narcissus Backyard, the artist’s Infinity Mirror Rooms is an interactive mission by Kusama with varied iterations which were put in in areas around the globe, together with The Broad in Los Angeles.

The Rooms are small containers flanked by mirrors that stretch to the flooring and ceilings, which mirror lots of of LED lights to create visible trickery.

Whereas on show at The Broad, the museum imposed a 30-second “selfie rule” on guests to keep away from individuals spending too lengthy photographing the set up and inflicting queues.