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Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

È all’artista giapponese autodefinitasi moderna Alice nel Paese delle Meraviglie che il Cleveland Museum of Art ha dedicato una mostra lunga quanto un’estate. Ça va sans dire che si tratti di Yayoi Kusama, donna poliedrica che ha esplorato qualsiasi realtà artistica, dalla pittura alla scrittura, dalla moda al cinema.

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors celebra la leggendaria carriera – raccontata quasi integralmente – di questa artista che iniziò a dipingere a soli 7 anni per combattere le allucinazioni visive e uditive e le ansie ossessive di cui soffriva. L’esposizione, curata nei minimi dettagli, ha volutamente mantenuto quell’aspetto enigmatico e difficile da spiegare che è tipico delle creazioni di Yayoi. La mostra è, infatti, un caleidoscopio di pattern coloratissimi e vertiginosi: zucche di tutte le dimensioni che tornano ossessivamente come l’ortaggio perfetto, centinaia di specchi che riflettono luce e immagini senza fine per condurre un’indagine profonda sul concetto di percezione del cosmo e dell’infinito e, allo stesso tempo, cantare la bellezza della vita. I visitatori possono, letteralmente, immergersi in sette grandi stanze di specchi colme di immagini multicolor e di luci per sperimentare quel senso di depersonalizzazione e di avvicinamento all’assoluto che è fil rouge della sua opera. In esclusiva per il museo, Kusama ha voluto portare Where the Lights in My Heart Go, una camera di 3mx3m interamente rivestita da specchi, sia all’interno sia all’esterno, in cui è possibile esperire il senso di un'illusione infinita. La mostra racconta anche il periodo dei dots, con i lavori degli anni ’60, quando l’artista si trovava a New York, e pezzi più recenti della collezione My Eternal Soul.

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

7 luglio – 30 settembre 2018

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Exhibition Hall and Gallery 
11150 East Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio

www.clevelandart.org

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01. Yayoi Kusama with recent works in Tokyo, 2016.
Photo by Tomoaki Makino. Courtesy of the artist. © Yayoi Kusama

02. Installation view of Dots Obsession—Love Transformed into Dots (2007) at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 2017.
Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore; Victoria Miro, London; David Zwirner, New York. © Yayoi Kusama. Photo by Cathy Carver

03. Interior view of peep-in mirror dome from Dots Obsession—Love Transformed into Dots (2007) at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 2017.

Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo / Singapore; Victoria Miro, London; David Zwirner, New York. © Yayoi Kusama. Photo by Cathy Carver

04. All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins, 2016.
Collection of the artist. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore, and Victoria Miro, London.
© Yayoi Kusama

05. All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins (installation view), 2016. Collection of the artist. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore, and Victoria Miro, London. © Yayoi Kusama

06. Installation view of Infinity Mirrored Room—All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins (2016) at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 2017. Collection of the artist. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo / Singapore, and Victoria Miro, London. © Yayoi Kusama. Photo by Cathy Carver

07. Installation view of Infinity Mirrored Room—Love Forever (1966/1994) at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 2017.
Collection of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore. © Yayoi Kusama. Photo by Cathy Carver

08. Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity, 2009.
Collection of the artist. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore; Victoria Miro, London; David Zwirner, New York. © Yayoi Kusama

09. Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity, 2009.
Collection of the artist. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore; Victoria Miro, London; David Zwirner, New York. © Yayoi Kusama

10. Installation view of Infinity Mirror Room—Phalli’s Field (1965) at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 2017.
Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore; Victoria Miro, London; David Zwirner, New York. © Yayoi Kusama. Photo by Cathy Carver

11. Installation view of Infinity Mirrored Room—The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away (2013) at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 2017.  Courtesy of David Zwirner, New York. © Yayoi Kusama. Photo by Cathy Carver

12. Infinity Mirrored Room—The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, 2013.
Courtesy of David Zwirner, New York. © Yayoi Kusama

13. The Obliteration Room, 2002 to present. 
Collaboration between Yayoi Kusama and Queensland Art Gallery.
Collection: Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia. Photograph: QAGOMA. © Yayoi Kusama

14. Installation view of Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 2017. Left to right: Ennui (1976); Accumulation (1962–64); Red Stripes (1965); Arm Chair (1963). © Yayoi Kusama. Photo by Cathy Carver

15. Installation view of Life (Repetitive Vision) (1998) at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 2017. © Yayoi Kusama. Photo by Cathy Carver

16. Installation view of Life (Repetitive Vision) (1998) at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 2017. © Yayoi Kusama. Photo by Cathy Carver

17. Installation view of Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 2017. Left to right: Living on the Yellow Land (2015); My Adolescence in Bloom (2014); Welcoming the Joyful Season (2014); Surrounded by Heartbeats (2014); Unfolding Buds (2015); Story After Death (2014).  © Yayoi Kusama. Photo by Cathy Carver

18. Flower, 1975.
Collection of the artist. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore; Victoria Miro, London; David Zwirner, New York. © Yayoi Kusama

19. Selected works from My Eternal Soul (2009–present) at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 2017. © Yayoi Kusama. Photo by Cathy Carver