Updated: August 29, 2017
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4 Fascinating Things About Yayoi Kusama's Japanese Art

Many tourists flock to Naoshima Island to view Yayoi Kusama's most iconic work, "Yellow Pumpkin". But there are many other fascinating things about her art. Here are 4 of them!

1) Tulips

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Besides the pumpkin, Yayoi Kusama has a soft spot for tulips, perhaps because she travelled regularly to Holland during the 1960s.

Incorporating her signature polka dot design into gigantic tulips, her installation "With All My Love For The Tulips, I Pray Forever" draws you in into its colorful and somewhat intimidating world. Apparently, this installation is an adaptation of the hallucinations Kusama experienced when she was young, so the feelings of intrigue and dread evoked within you should help you understand her mental state then!

2) Paintings

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Kusama began work on her groundbreaking painting series, "My Eternal Soul", in 2009. She initially intended to complete 100 canvases, but the project has since taken on a life of its own, and she has completed over 500 characterful canvases - and shows no sign of slowing down! Lucky us, as these canvases showcase eye-catching iconographic and biomorphic shapes in an explosion of bright, vivid colors!

3) Stainless steel balls

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Kusama is not just famous in Japan; in fact, she is a world-renowned and revolutionary artist. In fact, as early as 1966, she was invited to exhibit in the 33th Venice Biennale. She installed 1500 mass-produced stainless steel balls on the grounds then as she wanted art to be readily accessible to not just the well-heeled, but also the general public.

4) Infinity mirror rooms

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Yet another interesting aspect of Kusama's art is her ingenious use of mirrored surfaces. In her infinity mirror rooms, you will get some time alone to take in the romantic flashing lights. As both the panels and floor are reflective, you will see changing, yet repeated patterns. So get ready to take lotsa photos as each photo will yield a different perspective.
Indeed, Yayoi Kusama's ingenuity knows no boundaries. Immerse yourself in her one-of-a-kind world and have your aesthetic sensibilities awakened!

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