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“Pumpkin” by Yayoi Kusama

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Pumpkins have become a trademark of Yayoi Kusama, a Japanese contemporary artist, who was among the first experimenters in the performance and action art. For the first time pumpkins appeared in her art in 1946. It was regarded as an example of Nihonga, the new, nationalistic style of traditional Japanese painting as interpreted by the curator and critic Catherine Taft.

Environmental installation Mirror Room (Pumpkin) became famous after exhibited in the Japanese Pavilion at the 1993 Venice Biennale. Furthermore, Kusama created handed out little takeaway pumpkins for Biennale visitors.

The form and dots

Yayoi Kusama explained her love to pumpkins by its humorous form, warm feeling, and a human-like quality and form. Also, importantly, she appeals to the pumpkin’s generous unpretentiousness. Interestingly, almost all her artworks have dots and marks on them. As she told: when we obliterate nature and our bodies with polka dots, we become part of the unity of our environment.

Additionally, the artist is active in music, design, writing, video art and fashion. The art is her way to express psychological and mental problems. Especially she uses several recurring motifs – dots, eyes, nets and pumpkins. Her art includes works on paper, handheld figurines, towering sculptures, and room installations.

In 2021 there was Kusama’s exhibition in Tel Aviv Museum of Art organized by Gropius Bau, Berlin. It was her retrospective that brought together artworks produced over an eighty-year period. 

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