New Yayoi Kusama art exhibition comes to London

Guests staying at luxury hotels London may be interested in visiting a major new exhibition of works by the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.

The exhibition will be held at the Tate Modern – one of the most well-known event venues in London – from Thursday February 9th to June 5th 2012.

Art lovers will have the opportunity to see a range of Kusama’s work, from her early paintings of provincial Japanese life to the more daring works that came later on in her career.

Kusama has been hailed as one of Japan’s best-known living artists and her extensive body of work spans more than six decades. She is primarily known for her evocative artworks, which tend to feature hallucinatory polka dots, mirrors and colourful patterns.

Highlights of the exhibition include Infinity Mirrored Room – Filled with the Brilliance of Life 2011, which is Kusama’s largest mirrored room to date and was created especially for the show.

Attendees will have the opportunity to see a selection of the artist’s Infinity Net paintings from her early years in New York, Aggregation: One Thousand Boats Show 1963 – Kusama’s first room installation – and The Clouds 1984, a sculptural installation made up of 100 black and white cushions.

Kusama’s Self-Obliteration 1968 – a film that captures the artist’s period of experimental performance – will also be featured in the exhibition, alongside Heaven and Earth 1991, which features serpentine figures emerging from 40 boxes and I’m Here, but Nothing 2000, which is a dark space covered with fluorescent polka dots.

The exhibition includes a selection of sculptures dating from 1962 to 1968, too.

Born in Matsumoto, Japan in 1929, Kusama trained in the art of traditional Japanese painting before moving to the United States in the late 1950s, where she began to focus her talents on sculpture and installations.

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