Yayoi Kusama Exhibition Stockholm

Yayoi Kusama Exhibition Stockholm


One of the highlights of our Stockholm trip (pictures coming up soon, pinky promise!) was the Yayoi Kusama retrospective exhibition In Infinity at the Moderna Museum. Yayoi Kusama is one of my favorites artists, and I planned this trip as soon as I’ve learned about it. The exhibition ends soon on September 11th, so if you’re interested (and in the neighbourhood), you may want to hurry up.


Yayoi Kusama Exhibition Stockholm


Kusama’s replica wears one of the bags she designed for Louis Vuitton a few years ago, together with Marc Jacobs. And don’t you just love those sunglasses?


Yayoi Kusama Exhibition Stockholm


Yayoi Kusama Exhibition Stockholm


The Japanese artist is best known for her polka dots, infinite nets and mirror rooms, moving freely between various media such as painting, collage, performance art and environmental installations - all displayed in her characteristic psychedelic colors, repetition and patterns. She appointed herself the ”Priestess of Polka Dots” - what’s there not to love I ask?


Yayoi Kusama Exhibition Stockholm


Kusama, born in 1929, and still going strong, works every day in her studio in Tokyo. She has taken residence into a mental hospital in 1977, by choice, and walks to the studio that is nearby to work.


Yayoi Kusama Exhibition Stockholm


I feel how truly wonderful life is, and I tremble with an undying fascination for the world of art, the only place that gives me hope and makes life worthwhile. And no matter how I may suffer for my art, I will have no regrets. This is the way I have always lived my life, and it is the way I shall go on living it” (Yayoi Kusama).


Yayoi Kusama Exhibition Stockholm


Yayoi Kusama Exhibition Stockholm


You can find more Kusama artworks, articles and and interviews on my Pinterest board.


Yayoi Kusama Exhibition Stockholm


Yayoi Kusama Exhibition Stockholm


Kusama explained her apparent fascination with pumpkins as due to their human features and unpretentious appearance.


Yayoi Kusama Exhibition Stockholm


Yayoi Kusama Exhibition Stockholm


We made sure to be at the museum very early, i.e. as soon as it opened, to avoid the crowds. This proved to be a good idea as when we left, you could barely move in these rooms! 


Yayoi Kusama Exhibition Stockholm


Yayoi Kusama Exhibition Stockholm


Yayoi Kusama Exhibition Stockholm


All the pictures are taken with my cell phone I’m afraid. I didn’t think you’d be allowed to take photos, so I didn’t actually bring the camera. Very frustrating, I can tell you! But I’m happy I had the opportunity to see all her awesome artworks anyway.


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Once you’re done with the museum, you can take a coffee break on the terrace of the museum's restaurant. The restaurant is pretty boring, but the terrace has a lovely view over Stockholm.


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The building on the right side is the Vasa Museum - you can make that your next stop, it’s truly fascinating! A museum over a ship that sank in 1628 on her maiden voyage, not far from the harbor, and that’s been salvaged almost intact. Apparently the most visited museum in Scandinavia!


If you look carefully, you can see the ship’s masts emerging throguh the roof of the building. Very cool and well worth the visit!


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