Yayoi Kusama

(Japanese, b. 1929)

flowers and butterflies by yayoi kusama

Yayoi Kusama

Flowers and Butterflies, 1995

mushrooms by yayoi kusama

Yayoi Kusama

Mushrooms, 1995

pumpkin army '85 (green) by yayoi kusama

Yayoi Kusama

Pumpkin Army '85 (Green), 1985



Born: Nagano-Ken, Japan
1948 - 1951
Studied at the Arts and Crafts School, Kyoto, Japan
Entered senior class at the Kyoto Municipal School of Arts & Crafts, Kyoto, Japan
1957 - 1958
Studied at the Art Students' League, New York, NY
Moved to America, settled in Seattle, WA
Became a US Citizen
Won the Fourth Belgium International Short Film Prize
'Self-Obliteration' is awarded at the 4th International Festival for Short-Films in Belgium
Returned to Japan
Golden prize from the Italian Academy of Arts


2013 - 2014
Yayoi Kusama: Infinite Obsession, Centro Cultural Banco de Brasil, io de Janeiro (solo)
Dynamo: Un Siecle de lumiere et de mouvement dans l'art 1913-2013/A Century of light and movement in art 1913-2013, Grand Palais, Paris
Yayoi Kusama: Eternity of Eternal Eternity, Shizuoka Prefectural museum of Art, Shizuoka, Japan (solo)
Cinematic Visions: Painting at the Edge of Reality, Victoria Miro, London
Yayoi Kusama: Infinite Obsession, Malba - Fundacion Constantini, Buenos Aires (solo)
Yayoi Kusama: A Dream I Dreamed, Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, Korea (solo)
Yayoi Kusama, David Zwirner, New York, NY
Drawings from the mid-50s - D'Amelio Terras, New York City, NY
Yayoi Kusama - Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY
Yayoi Kusama - Tate Modern, London (England)

Public Collections

The Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, OH
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Tate Modern, London, UK
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN


Jo Applin. Resisting Infinity, Yayoi Kusama. London: Victoria Miro Gallery, 2008 (cat.)