“Yayoi Kusama: from 1945 to the present day”, this summer at the Guggenheim
Japanese artist and writer Yayoi Kusama (Matsumoto, Nagano, 1929) is a singular figure admired by art historians for her pioneering career, which spans multiple artistic movements from the 1960s to the present day. Until 8 October.
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao opens its doors to the innovation, creativity and freedom that have always characterised Yayoi Kusama in a retrospective that covers iconic themes for the Japanese artist, such as nature and the energy of life.
The career of this singular artist, one of the most recognised and sought-after in the world, runs parallel to the upheaval caused in the 20th century by war, political, economic and social transformations and a constantly changing art scene.
A global cultural icon, over the past seven decades Kusama has devoted herself to her avant-garde vision with conviction, perfecting her personal aesthetic, which is a faithful reflection of her philosophy of life.
From the first drawings she made as a teenager during the Second World War to her most recent immersive works, this retrospective brings together a selection of two hundred paintings, sculptures, performances, moving images, large-scale installations and archival material.
Her creative force, initially restrained by the conservatism of Japanese society at the time, found in the New York of the late 1950s the perfect setting to unleash her talent. In the following decades, Kusama combined that same passion with pioneering incursions into new artistic practices - such as performance, assemblage or installation art - with which she moved through Pop, Minimalism and Post-Minimalism. A risky bet at the time, but nowadays a point of reference.
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