Yayoi Kusama

Dots, nets and broken macaroni

Serpentine Sackler Gallery

26 Jan 2000 to 19 Mar 2000

Yayoi Kusama

This exhibition was the first major survey of Yayoi Kusama’s work in Britain.

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This exhibition included paintings, collages, watercolours, sculptures, documentation of performances and films, all of which explored Kusama’s obsessions with dots, nets, food and sex. The show also presented examples of the artist’s precedent-setting environmental installations that are suggestive of three-dimensional paintings. The centrepiece of the survey, however, was a re-interpretation of Kusama’s 1966 landmark work, The Driving Image, in which the surfaces of mannequins and household furnishings were entirely covered in her painted, vibrant signature patterns and placed on a bed of broken macaroni. Other works in the exhibition included a life-size rowboat, a room-size snake covered in stuffed and painted phallic protrusions, and an interactive, inflatable painting.

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Dots, nets and broken macaroni

Yayoi Kusama

2000
A Snake, 1974
Installation view from the exhibition Yayoi Kusama, Serpentine Gallery, London (26 January - 19 March 2000)

yayoi kusama

Yayoi Kusama

2000
Installation view from the exhibition Yayoi Kusama, Serpentine Gallery, London (26 January - 19 March 2000)

Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama

2000
Re-interpretation of Driving Image, Based on the installation at Galerie Thelen, Essen, 1966
Installation view from the exhibition Yayoi Kusama, Serpentine Gallery, London (26 January - 19 March 2000)

Yayoi Kusama Aggregation Rowboat 1963

Yayoi Kusama

2000
Aggregation Rowboat, 1963
Installation view from the exhibition Yayoi Kusama, Serpentine Gallery, London (26 January - 19 March 2000)