Yayoi Kusama


Last night we went to see Dark Knight Rises. It was a ton of fun and to spite not being a massive super hero movie fan, I really enjoyed it. On our way back to the car we strolled past the windows of the Louis Vuitton store. They always have the most phenomenal window displays and the current dotty delight is no exception. Luckily I managed to snap some “okay” photos (on my iPhone) of the windows, if you have the chance, do stop by the store at the V&A Waterfront to see this riot of red for yourself. My pics simply don’t do it justice.

The windows are inspired by influential Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. Yayoi is a fascinating character, currently residing at Seiwa Hospital for the Mentally Ill (in Japan) she continues to produce artworks in various mediums along with numerous literary pieces. Yayoi’s most prolific work was done during the 60’s and early 70’s, being a forerunner to the pop art, minimalist and feminist art movements – she is said to have influenced even the likes of Andy Warhol. Well, what every her story is, I love the magical shiny plasticness of this installation. The windows look virtually edible: bright, bold and super delicious!

Here is a quote from Yayoi regarding her obsession with polka dots: “…a polka-dot has the form of the sun, which is a symbol of the energy of the whole world and our living life, and also the form of the moon, which is calm. Round, soft, colorful, senseless and unknowing. Polka-dots become movement… Polka dots are a way to infinity.”

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