1945 to Now
1945 to Now
14 May 2023
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.
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.
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.
- 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^ 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 discounted ticket holders must be accompanied by M+ Members, Patrons, Council Members, Founding Benefactors or Director’s Circle when entering the Special Exhibition.
^M+ Patrons include Director’s Circle, Founding Benefactors, Council Members, Founding Patrons, Patrons, Young Patrons, and Affiliates.
M+ Affiliates are those as part of a membership programme for corporate sponsors only.
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As Lead Sponsor of Yayoi Kusama: 1945 to Now, HSBC continues with the vision to connect Hong Kong with the world, and the world to Hong Kong. The sponsorship represents the bank’s continued support for art and culture and the Hong Kong community—opening up contemporary visual culture, through the lens of Hong Kong, to the rest of the world.
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