With her striking dots, nets, and pumpkins, Yayoi Kusama has won the hearts of fans worldwide and undoubtedly brought Japanese contemporary art to the global stage. 

Kusama’s captivating paintings and works on paper will be on show at Mucciaccia Gallery for three months from 27 March 2020. The show will feature 28 works created between 1951 and 1981, including those produced while New York during the 1950s. Highlights include her trademark infinity polka dot paintings, which are inspired by the energy of the sun and tranquillity of the moon. 

Yayoi Kusama Untitled 1953
One of Kusama’s infinity net paintings ‘Untitled’ (1953). (Image Credit: Mucciaccia Gallery)

Kusama was born Matsumoto, Japan in 1929 and moved to the United States in the 1950s, where she developed her large-scale infinity net paintings. The artist’s oeuvre spans painting, sculpture, performance art, and installations that blend Pop Art and Minimalism. She is renowned for extensively using polka dots and infinity nets in her work, as the artist has lived with hallucinations featuring dots all her life. 

Yayoi Kusama Infinity Dots 1990
Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Dots (1990) (Image Credit: Mucciaccia Gallery)

Today, she is one of the world’s most celebrated artists, having been awarded the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Officier) in 2003 and the National Lifetime Achievement Awards, the Order of the Rising Sun in 2006. The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo are amongst some of the institutions that have featured major retrospectives of her works. 

The exhibition is part of Mucciaccia Gallery’s focus on showcasing the historically relevant artists from the 20th and 21st Centuries. Massimiliano Mucciaccia is Founder of the eponymous gallery, which is located in Gilman Barracks. 

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