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Avant-garde artist reveals dotty obsession

Update: May, 27/2013 - 08:00
Dizzying dots: Yayoi Kusama's installation Guidepost to the New Space 2012. — Photo courtesy of Japan Foundation

HA NOI (VNS)— Japanese avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama presented her best works at a contemporary art exhibition opening at the Japan Foundation Centre for Cultural Exchange in Ha Noi on Saturday.

The exhibition, YAYOI KUSAMA: Obsessions, includes four parts, installed in the centre's courtyard, the main hall, garage and kitchen.

With 1,500 silver balls, the half of the courtyard will be covered with the artist's installation Narcissus Garden. Nine huge objects with polka dots, entitled Guidepost to the New Space, have been arranged in the other half of the courtyard and the garage.

The main exhibition hall has been turned into a room for the installation Dots Obsessions in which visitors can enjoy one of Kusama's most popular installations with mirrors and dotted balloons.

The small kitchen has been dedicated for the relatively new installation I'm Here, But Nothing. Visitors can experience the illusive confusion of two and three dimensions with dizzy illuminated dots.

Born in 1929, Kusama has worked in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, film, performance and installation.

Having continuously innovated and re-invented her style, Kusama's obsessive repetitions and patterns of dots have been widely celebrated and become her trademark.

Kusama received a National Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 and numerous awards including the Order of the Rising Sun and the Premium Imperial in Japan, and was recognised as the Person of Cultural Merit in 2009 by the Japanese government.

In 2003, she was also awarded the Order of Arts and Letters in France.

Her solo art exhibitions have been held in various prestigious museums such as Museum of Modern Art in New York, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Centre Goerges Pompidou in Paris and Tate Modern in London.

Her artworks fetched around US$4 million-$6 million at recent auctions, the highest price for a active female artist in the world, according to a foundation representative.

The exhibition will be held at the centre at 27 Quang Trung Street until July 28 as part of the Japan-Viet Nam Friendship Year 2013. — VNS


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