In the secrets and spells of Yayoi Kusama

The Moment of Regeneration by Yayoi Kusama, 2004. © YAYOI KUSAMA

REPORT – Retrospective at the Guggenheim Bilbao of the great 94-year-old Japanese artist. Vital energy and cosmic hallucinations create a separate work.

Special envoy to Bilbao

Yayoi Kusama, artist among artists, is now known to everyone. Behind the noisy notoriety brought by the campaign Vuitton and her giant statue facing the Samaritaine in Paris, there is always a young Japanese woman torn from her traditional life and her first artistic dreams by the Second World War. A complex, incredibly pioneering artist who made the link between traditional Japanese painting, European surrealism and the New York happenings of which she was a pioneer. A woman who drew from her fears and desires the material for a dense work, full of growths, contradictions, sex and death.

Yayoi Kusama, born March 22, 1929 in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, into a wealthy family, resembles her father in the photo, taken in 1923, of her parents in ceremonial kimonos. The couple’s disagreement and paternal affairs will fuel his troubled imagination. Then, the shock of history. “During the…

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