Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is invading London for the first time in two years this October with a major exhibition at Victoria Miro gallery.
The world-famous artist installed a mirrored room adorned with luminous yellow pumpkins at her last exhibit in the institution. Known for her "Instagrammable" creations, Kusama will bring a new version of her Infinity Mirror Rooms, which will give visitors a feeling of standing in an endless room.
Kusama is known to be one of the most expensive living artists in the world. She is famous for working with the concepts of infinity and repetition, and her use of polka dots and mirrors.
The museum has exhibited the artist's work for two decades already. Her last major show included sculptures, paintings, and her famous mirror room, which people line up for hours just to see. Images of her work also flooded social media accounts, mesmerizing other people.
Her new exhibition in London will be held at the Victoria Miro Wharf Road gallery, which also houses her My Eternal Soul, a series of ongoing paintings which features faces, eyes, and the dots she is widely acclaimed for.
Kusama has used the pumpkin as a repeating motif since the late 1940s. In the coming exhibit, it will once again return in the form of bronze sculptures painted in yellow, green, and red, and is covered in black dots.
The symbolism of the pumpkin goes back to the artist's childhood when her family earned a living through growing plant seeds, and the kabocha squash filled the fields surrounding her house.
In her Infinity Net: The Autobiography of Yayoi Kusama, she explained that although pumpkins do not necessarily reflect respect, she was enchanted by its form. The generous unpretentiousness, together with its solid spiritual balance, captivated her.
This year, Kusama will once again make her Infinity Mirror Room come to life. The room will encase its spectators in a gargantuan mirrored area filled with paper lanterns and polka dots that hang from the ceiling. The artist started painting the polka dots at age 10. The motivation of the said installation is to convey the impression of being unmoored in a never-ending space.
This will be the artist's twelfth exhibition with the gallery. Even though she is nearing her 90th birthday, she is showing no signs of slowing down. People who are eager to view her work can visit the gallery from October 3 until December 21.