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Yayoi Kusama:
1945 to Now

Yayoi Kusama:
1945 to Now

12 Nov 2022
14 May 2023
Location: West Gallery, The Studio, Main Hall, Lightwell, Found Space
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Priority booking for M+ Members and Patrons from 29 Sept to 12 Oct 2022. Tickets open to public starting 13 Oct 2022, 10:00.

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Ticket Information
Standard: HKD 240
Concessions*: HKD 150

*Concession tickets are available to full-time students, children ages 7 to 11, senior citizens ages 60 or above, persons with disabilities and companion, and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients

Discover this visionary artist’s groundbreaking career and witness the power of art to connect and heal.

Yayoi Kusama emerged as a global cultural icon for the twenty-first century by pursuing her uncompromising avant-garde vision. Over the past seven decades, she honed a singular personal aesthetic and core philosophy of life. Kusama’s work captivates millions by offering glimpses of boundless space and reflections on natural cycles of regeneration. Yayoi Kusama: 1945 to Now narrates the story of this artist’s life and work, foregrounding her longing for interconnection and the profound questions about existence that drive her creative explorations.

Yayoi Kusama: 1945 to Now is the largest retrospective of the artist in Asia outside Japan. Featuring more than 200 works, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, and archival material, this exhibition surveys Kusama’s career from the earliest drawings she made as a teenager during World War II to her most recent immersive art pieces. Organised chronologically and thematically, the retrospective guides visitors through Kusama’s career-long creative pouring divided into major themes: Infinity, Accumulation, Radical Connectivity, Biocosmic​, Death, and Force of Life.

I create art for the healing of all mankind.

Yayoi Kusama

In addition to tracing the origins of her practice, Yayoi Kusama: 1945 to Now presents three brand-new works to bring audiences together. Death of Nerves (2022) is a colourful large-scale installation commissioned by M+ that provides a mesmerising extension of Kusama’s Infinity Nets motifs into three-dimensional space; Dots Obsession—Aspiring to Heaven’s Love (2022) is an ambitious immersive environment that includes the artist’s signature mirrored spaces and polka dots as well as suspending balloons to provide a kaleidoscopic perceptual experience; and two large sculptures titled Pumpkin (2022) will also be available for public viewing in the Main Hall.

Yayoi Kusama. Dead Leaves of Corn , 1945. Pigment on paper. 38 × 50 cm. Collection of the artist. © YAYOI KUSAMA

Yayoi Kusama. Pacific Ocean, 1960. Oil on canvas. 183 × 183 cm. Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. © YAYOI KUSAMA

Yayoi Kusama. Untitled (Chair), 1963. Sewn stuffed fabric, wood, and paint. 81 × 93 × 92 cm. Collection of the artist. © YAYOI KUSAMA

Yayoi Kusama. Self-Obliteration, 1966–1974. Painted mannequins, table, chairs, wigs, handbag, mugs, plates, pitcher, ashtray, plastic plants, plastic flowers, and plastic fruit. Dimensions variable. M+, Hong Kong. © YAYOI KUSAMA. Photo: M+, Hong Kong

Yayoi Kusama. Sex Obsession, 1992. Acrylic on canvas, two panels. 194 × 260 cm. Lito and Kim Camacho Collection. © YAYOI KUSAMA

Yayoi Kusama. Accumulation of Stardust, 2001. Acrylic on canvas, three panels. 194 × 390 cm. Matsumoto City Museum of Art. © YAYOI KUSAMA

Yayoi Kusama. Self-Portrait, 2015. Acrylic on canvas. 145.5 × 112 cm. Collection of Amoli Foundation Ltd. © YAYOI KUSAMA

Yayoi Kusama. Pound of Repose, 2014. Acrylic on canvas. 194 × 194 cm. Collection of the artist. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Victoria Miro, and David Zwirner. © YAYOI KUSAMA

About the Artist

Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929, Japan) is one of the most important and influential Asian artists in the history of contemporary art. She is renowned for her prolific and ground-breaking practice, spanning paintings, sculptures, performances, moving images, and large-scale installations. Trained in traditional Japanese painting, she moved to the United States in 1957 and soon established herself in the American and European avant-garde for her unique and radical artistic language. She returned to Japan in 1973 and has relentlessly reinvented and created art that resonates with the time in which she lives.

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Tickets to Yayoi Kusama: 1945 to Now include access to all galleries. Standard tickets are HKD 240 and concession tickets* are HKD 150. Children ages 6 and below do not need to purchase tickets.

M+ Members and Patrons can now enjoy exclusive priority booking from 29 September to 12 October. Tickets go on sale to the public on 13 October at 10:00. Become a Member to unlock exclusive benefits.

M+ Members

  • Members Discounted Tickets#
    • Members can enjoy a 30% discount (priced at HKD 168) for up to four standard tickets.
  • Additional Standard and Concession Tickets
    • Members can purchase additional tickets (standard and concession). Young and Child Members above the age of 7 may purchase concession tickets.

M+ Patrons

M+ Patrons may enjoy unlimited free access with one guest to regular opening hours as well as M+ Private Viewing. No prior booking is required.

  • Guest Discounted Tickets#
    • Patrons can enjoy a 50% discount (priced at HKD 120) for up to four standard tickets for guests to visit during regular opening hours or M+ Private Viewing hours.
  • Additional Guest Standard and Concession Tickets
    • Patrons can purchase additional tickets (standard and concession) for guests to attend regular opening hours.
  • Additional Guest Private Viewing Tickets
    • Patrons can purchase additional tickets (standard and concession) for guests to attend M+ Private Viewing hours.

*Concession tickets are available to full-time students, children ages 7 to 11, senior citizens ages 60 or above, persons with disabilities and companion, and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients.
#All discount ticket holders must be accompanied by M+ Members, Patrons, Council Members, Benefactor or Director’s Circle when entering the Special Exhibition.

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Image at top: Photo by Yusuke Miyazaki. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Victoria Miro, and David Zwirner. © YAYOI KUSAMA

Quote used above: ‘Yayoi Kusama by Grady T. Turner’, BOMB Magazine, 1 January 1999

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