The psychedelia of Yayoi Kusama

The psychedelia of Yayoi Kusama
The psychedelia of Yayoi Kusama

Japanese artistYayoi Kusama, at 88 years old and after a successful career all over the world she already has her own museum inTokyo. There you will be able to discover all the characteristics of his artistic legacy, in which the colors and organic shapes of his creations are always striking, creations that have been related to the on more than one occasion. more psychedelic art movements. A relationship that is not accidental, since in fact this new Yayoi Kusama Museum is located in the same neighborhood where the psychiatric center where the artist resides is located.


Yayoi Kusama Museum

In fact, she voluntarily interned herself in 1977, and since then she creates and produces her own art from that particular nursing home

Kusama during her long career, born in 1929, she has worked in numerous artistic disciplines, from writing to painting, sculpture, the world of fashion or performances. And in any of these areas she has been characterized by creating shapes and patterns that are repeated. This linked her at times to Pop Art, and even influenced artists likeAndy WarholorClaes Oldenburg, since she lived inUnited States, from 1957 to 1973.

However, she always had her own personality, and therefore her works have also been related to theminimalism, and even with feminist art. The latter was linked to the historical moment, since at the end of the sixties he became very close to the hippie culture, and it was not surprising that he organized risky happenings where he made particular versions of what that today would be body painting, although she painted naked bodies using circles of very bright colors.

Some circles or polka dots that are a real constant in her work, in fact they already appear in her childhood drawings. Because she conceives these polka dot fields as “infinite networks”, and they have accompanied her throughout her entire career, as we can see in the photograph of the Yayoi Kusama Museum that illustrates this post.

In other words, in her works many influences come together, those that we have already mentioned but also others typical ofconceptual art, orsurrealismor from theoutsider art. And all this passed through her own personal sieve, since she usually gives her works an untransferable autobiographical touch. Works that are generally full of brilliance and vitality, which contrasts with her psychic problems since she has had hallucinations since she was a child and even her obsessions have brought her closer to suicide.

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