There is no possible separation between art and life with Yayoi Kusama (Matsumoto, 1928). She was an active member in the critical art scene during the Vietnam War in the 1960s in New York, where she was also connected to minimalism, happenings and pop art. In 1973, she returned to Japan, extending the boundaries of her work. Her heterogeneous production ranges from collage to musical compositions, design, novels and installation art. Kusama obsessively develops the idea of repetition and screentone, covering surfaces with polka dots, creating what she calls ‘infinity nets’, one of her trademarks.
The exhibition Yayoi Kusama (Museo Reina Sofía, 11 May – 18 September 2011), organised in collaboration with the Tate Modern, London, is the first large retrospective dedicated to the artist to date. Curator Frances Morris, Head of Collections (International Art) at the Tate Modern, is participating in the public presentation of the exhibition.