YaYoi Kusama: A Retrospective (Berliner Festspiele/Gropius Bau)
Stephanie Rosenthal (Ed.)
Berliner Festspiele & Prestel, 2021
This publication accompanies the Gropius Bau’s exhibition Yayoi Kusama: A Retrospective, which is the first retrospective of the Japanese artist in Germany. It offers a comprehensive overview of the influential oeuvre of Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929, Matsumoto), which spans more than 70 years, tracing the development of Kusama’s work from her early paintings and accumulative sculptures to her immersive environments. Eleven essays discuss Kusama’s accomplishments in the worlds of fashion, film, art, marketing and publishing. They reflect on Kusama’s own staging of her art and offer genre-specific observations about her performances, installations and painting series. A special focus is given to her lesser-known artistic activity in Europe, especially Germany. A diverse selection of images and archival documents feature alongside a detailed timeline of the artist’s life.