Helsinki breaths arts and it is fantastic that we are able to enjoy all the exhibitions that we have here! Last month we visit the ‘Yayoi Kusama: In Infinity’ exhibit and I loved it! I confess that I did not know about her story, but after reading about and seeing her art live, I felt in love with this parallel world in which she lives, full of colors, shapes and lots of creativity!
Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist and writer that mixes a little of everything in her work. She has collages, prints, paintings, mirrors and other different references. One of her projects refers to the allusion to infinity and, despite using neutral colors in her art, vivid and psychedelic colors are quite characteristic in most of her projects. She lived in the United States between the 50s and 70s, because she saw that at that time, her work would not fit in the Japanese artistic standards.
She considers that the images she creates comes from the hallucinations she has had since childhood, where her world appears covered with balls, repetitions and patterns. Because of her obsession with polka dots, they became her trademark!
‘Phallic Girl’ 1967
Kusama has lived in a mental hospital in Japan since 1977 at her own will and has never stopped creating. Even at the age of 87, the hospital takes her every day to her atelier to spend the day working. This has helped her not to suffer much from the schizophrenia she has since childhood and with the OCD she has developed over time.
And I simply find it magnificent to see that, despite the limitations that she has or could have due to illness, she transforms it into passion and overflows creativity! As she has always said, “If it were not for art, I would have killed myself a long time ago.”
In Helsinki, the exhibition began in October and runs until 22 January 2017 at the HAM (Helsinki Art Museum). They did a retrospective of her life, telling her story and showing even her relationship with fashion and design. They have put together some of her most famous works, including paintings, sculptures and installations!
I really recommend the visit for those who will be around and if you know that the exhibition will be at your city, I think it’s worth it to check it out!