Yayoi Kusama “I Want Your Tears to Flow with the Words I Wrote”

Ota Fine Arts

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[Image: Yayoi Kusama "Amidst the Agony of Flowers, the Present Never Ends at the Stairs to Heaven, My Heart Expires in their Tenderness Calling from the Sky, Doubtless, Transparent in its Shade of Blue Embraced with the Shadow of Illusion Cumulonimbi Aris

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*Due to COVID-19, we will operate on an appointment basis.

This exhibition features 33 paintings, which are the latest works from her My Eternal Soul series, as well as the installation piece CLOUDS. Exhibitions of the same title will be held simultaneously at Victoria Miro (London) and David Zwirner (New York). These three exhibitions in the respective locations will present to the world a total of 101 paintings from the My Eternal Soul series, made by the artist who has continued to work tirelessly during the time of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Since 2009, Kusama has been working continuously on her My Eternal Soul series. While the series is often represented by a large-format canvas of 194 x 194 cm, Kusama has focused on the intimate dimension of 100 x 100cm since 2018. A part of these works was realized in a series of black and white monochrome paintings that were shown in the solo exhibitions “Yayoi Kusama: Recent Paintings” held at Ota Fine Arts galleries in Shanghai and Singapore in 2020, receiving a worldwide response.

Now, in a world consumed by the pandemic, Kusama has returned to the world of colors and continues to work on her paintings, including canvases expanded to 130 x 130cm. Twelve years have passed since the start of My Eternal Soul, and it has grown to include over 800 pieces. From this vast body of work, this exhibition presents 33 paintings selected from the last three years.

The other highlight of the exhibition is Clouds, where stainless steel sculptural forms with a mirrored finish cover the gallery floor, representing numerous clouds. The brushstrokes of the paintings on the walls reflect diffusely on the shiny metal surfaces, creating the effect of My Eternal Soul filling up the entire gallery.

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from June 22, 2021 to July 31, 2021
By appointment only. Exhibition Hours 12:00-18:00.

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Yayoi Kusama

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