Get ready to have your Instagram feed once again flooded with polka dots and pumpkins: Yayoi Kusama is back in London. Victoria Miro gallery has announced a major exhibition of the Japanese artist’s work this autumn, showing at both their Wharf Road spaces and the waterside garden.
The last time the gallery held a Kusama exhibition in 2016 people went well and truly dotty for it, with queues stretching around the block. More recent exhibitions in America have resulted in similar levels of fandom. Because the interesting (and lucrative) thing about Kusama is that her appeal transcends the art world - her dot-upon-dot-upon-dot aesthetic is recognisable in a manner comparable to, say, Andy Warhol. It seems there’s something we all relate to in Kusama’s art about cosmic infinity and personal obsession.
For this exhibition (opening October 3), several of the artist’s trademark themes are back, including her beloved pumpkins and flowers. But the real draw for the crowds will no doubt be the unveiling of a brand new infinity mirror room. Creating the illusion for visitors of being adrift in never-ending space (similar to how England football fans might well feel come the end of this week), this new creation will involve paper lanterns covered in (take a guess) polka dots.
See you in the queue…
Yayoi Kusama is on from Oct 3-Dec 21. Find out more here.