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Yayoi Kusama in Oslo: A retrospective. The Norwegian capital’s Henie Onstad Kunstsenter hosts an exhibition of works by the Japanese artist, termed as ‘almost a woman counterpart to Andy Warhol’. In Infinity travels along now 86-year-old Yayoi Kusama’s (b. 22nd March 1969, Nagano) artistic path, which spans some 70 years, from her early watercolours dating from the 1950s – a decade during which she emigrated to America. Among works on display from this period are her 1951 oil on canvas Inside the Forest, 1952 ink, watercolour, string, silk collage on paper The Parting, 1953 gouache, ink, pastel on paper A Volcanic Group, 1955 gouache on ink an paper A Gill, and the 1959 oil on canvas No B. White.

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Yayoi Kusama in Oslo: A retrospective

Published on Monday, 22nd February, 2016 at 13:46 under the entertainment category, by Michael Sandelson and Clara Reig   .
Last Updated on 22nd February 2016 at 14:01.

The Norwegian capital’s Henie Onstad Kunstsenter hosts an exhibition of works by the Japanese artist, termed as ‘almost a woman counterpart to Andy Warhol’.

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This photo shows Yayoi Kusama's trademark polkadots theme.Installation picture
Photo: Vegard Kleven/HOK/Creative Commons


In Infinity travels along now 86-year-old Yayoi Kusama’s (b. 22nd March 1969, Nagano) artistic path, which spans some 70 years, from her early watercolours dating from the 1950s – a decade during which she emigrated to America.

Among works on display from this period are her 1951 oil on canvas Inside the Forest, 1952 ink, watercolour, string, silk collage on paper The Parting, 1953 gouache, ink, pastel on paper A Volcanic Group, 1955 gouache on ink an paper A Gill, and the 1959 oil on canvas No B. White.

The exhibition continues to her infinity paintings and accumulation sculptures, films, performances, political happenings from the 1960s and 1970s, to her collaboration with Louis Vuitton on a fashion collection, to literature.

In the 1960s, Kusama emerged in the New York art scene, working amongst other popular artists including American artist Andy Warhol (1928-1987) and American sculptiors Claes Oldenburg (b. 1929) and Robert Morris (b. 1931).

Pacific Ocean (1960, oil on canvas), Accumulation of Letters (1961, ink and printed paper collage on paper), Accretion No. 3 (1964, photo collage), and 14th Street Happening (1966, slide projection of performance) are some of the works visitors to the exhibition can see from this period.

According to the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, the In Infinity exhibition also sheds new light on Kusama's lesser known works from the 1980s. It was then that she returned to Japan and Tokyo after her 1957-73 stay in the US.

Works on display include her 1980 acrylic, graphite, and fabric collage on canvas Pumpkin, 1982 acrylic on canvas Yellow Dots, 1985 mixed media Moon Night, 1988-89 mixed media The Return to Eternity, and 1989 acrylic on canvas Star Dust of 100 Million Light-Years.

Several of Kusama’s more recent installations also form part of the exhibition.  Two of these are Obliteration Room (2002, furniture, white paint, and dot stickers) and Infinity Mirrored Room –Hymn of Life (2015, mixed media). The latter world premieres here.

Moreover, a series of new paintings that Kusama created especially for this exhibition are on display, with a number of her poems translated from Japanese for the first time published in the catalogue accompanying the event.

In Infinity was first-shown at Louisiana’s Museum of Modern Art, with some 340,700 seeing the exhibition whilst it was on there.

The version at the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter differs slightly to the one which was displayed in America. While seven works are omitted, the Infinity Mirrored Room –Hymn of Life replaces Gleaming Lights of the Soul (2008), which is a permanent installation at the Louisiana institution.

In Infinity displays in Oslo until 15th May this year before travelling on to Stockholm’s Museum of Modern Art (exhibition dates 11th June-11th September 2016), and then to the Helsinki Art Museum (in October 2016).

The exhibition is a joint collaboration between the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Modern Art/Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design, Stockholm, the Helsinki Art Museum, and the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter in Oslo.



Published on Monday, 22nd February, 2016 at 13:46 under the entertainment category, by Michael Sandelson and Clara Reig   .
Last updated on 22nd February 2016 at 14:01.

This post has the following tags: yayoikusama, oslo, art, exhibitions, paywall.





  
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