Art, Fashion and Polka Dots – Yayoi Kusama Exhibition at the Tate Modern


One of Japan’s most well known artists, Yayoi Kusama is known for her accumulative, intense, phallic and hallucinatory art that is captivating to say the least. This week, MSL got the opportunity to have a look around the popular exhibition at the Tate Modern which left me feeling as obsessed as the work itself. I cannot emphasise how beautifully memorising Kusama’s work is. Every room sent a wave of either excitement or wonder over me and I often had to wake myself from thought to move onto the next room.

Each room is lit up and brought to life by the colours exuding from the inescapable polka dots. For me, the room that caught my attention the most was the Infinity Mirrored Room – Filled with the Brilliance of Life. Kusama’s obsession with infinite space brings you into a magical dark room filled with polka dot lights and their reflections. The purpose of this room is to experience your sense of self and accompany Kusama on a journey of self-obliteration. I definitely got lost with Kusama in this room, partly through its purpose and partly through the sheer excitement of the colour spectrum on display. For anyone who questions the joy found in polka dots, this room definitely makes a statement. The Tate Modern takes you on a journey through Kusama’s life, from her early works to her latest masterpieces. What this demonstrates above all, is that for Kusama, creativity is her second nature.


Not only a treasure to the world of art, Yayoi Kusama is an important figure in the fashion industry. In the 1960s Kusama launched her very own fashion line, consisting of dress and textiles. Having seen some of her finest works, there is no wonder one of the top names in Fashion, Louis Vuitton’s Marc Jacobs has collaborated with her. Due to debut in July 2012, Kusama will present her own version of limited edition Louis Vuitton products, from leather goods to jewellery, which will go by the name of ‘Infnitely Kusama’. Be sure to experience and immerse yourself in Kusama’s frenzy of polka dots at the Tate Modern before the launch of this collection as her vision of the world is truly unique and one no description can do justice.

Marni Banks


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