Yayoi Kusama gets permanent gallery at Inhotim- You can now discover the enchanting world of Yayoi Kusama’s art at the recently unveiled Yayoi Kusama Gallery in Brazil’s magnificent Instituto Inhotim, a sprawling sculpture park and museum.
Inside the gallery, you will be captivated by “Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity” (2009), an immersive installation crafted from wood, metal, and glass. Stepping into this artwork, you are surrounded by an array of dazzling lights, creating a breathtaking spectacle of reflections.
Adding to the allure of the gallery is “I’m Here, But Nothing” (2000), another fascinating creation by Kusama, which was acquired by Inhotim in 2008. This installation features furniture pieces arranged in a room illuminated by black light, revealing luminous dots that add to the enchantment of the space.
Allan Schwartzman, a prominent art adviser and founding director of Inhotim, expressed his excitement, stating that the opening of Galeria Yayoi Kusama fulfils a central artistic ambition at Inhotim, celebrating the visionary work of one of the most esteemed artists of our time.
Visitors to Galeria Yayoi Kusama will also have the opportunity to immerse themselves in “Narcissus Garden” (1966/2009), an installation comprising floating silver orbs, further enhancing the wonder of Kusama’s artistry.
As Kusamamania continues to sweep the globe, her captivating works are being featured in blowout exhibitions at prestigious galleries and museums, including David Zwirner in New York, the Guggenheim Bilbao in Spain (where her retrospective travelled from the M+ museum in Hong Kong), and Aviva Studios in Manchester, England. Amidst this worldwide acclaim, Yayoi Kusama Gallery at Inhotim offers a captivating and accessible opportunity to experience the brilliance of this visionary artist’s creations.
About the artist
Yayoi Kusama, born in 1929 in Matsumoto, Japan, is a highly influential artist whose work has transcended Pop art and Minimalism. Her career spans various mediums, from paintings and performances to outdoor sculptural installations and fashion design, evoking microscopic and macroscopic universes.
Throughout her career, Kusama’s work has been featured in numerous solo and group presentations worldwide. In the mid-1960s, she gained recognition in New York through groundbreaking avant-garde happenings and exhibitions. In the late 1980s, her work received renewed acclaim with international solo exhibitions.
Kusama’s art has been showcased in large-scale retrospectives, major surveys, and comprehensive overviews, including exhibits at prestigious institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Modern in London, and the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC.
Represented by David Zwirner since 2013, she has held several solo shows at the gallery’s locations in New York, London, and Tokyo. In 2017, the Yayoi Kusama Museum opened in Tokyo, dedicated to her work.
Work by the artist is held in museum collections worldwide, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Tate, London; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; among numerous others. Kusama lives and works in Tokyo.