I first came across Yayoi Kusama’s work about 5 years ago, when I was scrolling through my friend’s travel photos to Naoshima island. Kusama’s giant spotty pumpkin planted in-front of the ocean caught my eye. It was odd yet the pumpkin had the power to transform the otherwise mundane atmosphere into something playful and eye-catching. Her artwork is a true representation of who she is and is an insight into her “colourful” personality. For those who have not heard of Kusama; Kusama is a fabulous 88 year old Japanese artist in her living in Tokyo, Japan. She voluntary admitted herself into an institute yet continues to create amazing contemporary pieces and has been praised as being one the most important living artists coming out of Japan.
After seeing photos of that magical pumpkin in Naoshima island, I vowed to go see it in person one day. That ‘one day’ still hasn’t come but luckily Kusama came to me….well to Kyoto…. her exhibition is currently being held in Kyoto at the ‘Forever Museum of Contemporary Art ’ in the popular tourist destination; Gion. The exhibition which is held at an a 100 year old wooden building hosts 80 of Kusama’s work; including the giant pumpkin that sits outside. Kusama’s contemporary hung in the old traditional Japanese style rooms creates an interesting atmosphere and it goes to show that even an ancient city like Kyoto welcomes the new and non-traditional with open arms. Exhibition is on till the end of October
Date: 10th June to 22nd of February
Hours: 10 am to 6 pm
Fee: 1,200 yen
Website: http://www.fmoca.jp/index.html (Japanese)