Yayoi Kusama born 1929 in Matsumoto, Japan

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Yayoi Kusama - Two works: (i) Yellow Pumpkin; (ii) Red Pumpkin
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Wired: Online Auction
May 2022
Phillips, Online Auction
Est.: 1.000 - 2.000 GBP
Realised: 2.268 GBP
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Yayoi Kusama - Dots Obsession
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Post-War & Contemporary Art
May 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 250.000 - 450.000 USD
Realised: 1.134.375 USD
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Yayoi Kusama - Pumpkin
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Post-War & Contemporary Art
May 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 250.000 - 350.000 USD
Realised: 466.575 USD
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Yayoi Kusama - Drifting Waves
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Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale
May 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 20.000 - 30.000 USD
Realised: 60.480 USD
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Yayoi Kusama - Mirror Box Type B
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Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples
May 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 2.000 - 4.000 USD
Realised: 6.375 USD
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Yayoi Kusama - Flower
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Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale
May 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 120.000 - 180.000 USD
Realised: 201.600 USD
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Yayoi Kusama - Untitled (Nets)
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale
May 2022
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 5.000.000 - 7.000.000 USD
Realised: 10.496.000 USD
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Yayoi Kusama - Pumpkin
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Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale
May 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 250.000 - 350.000 USD
Realised: 529.200 USD
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Yayoi Kusama - Pumpkin (OG) (K. 156)
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Editions & Works on Paper
April 2022
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 25.000 - 35.000 USD
Realised: 75.600 USD
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Yayoi Kusama - Flower Bloomed in My Heart
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No Regrets: 20/21 Art Online: All Editions
April 2022
Christies, Hong Kong (Online Auction)
Est.: 70.000 - 100.000 HKD
Realised: 352.800 HKD
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Yayoi Kusama - Self-Portrait
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No Regrets: 20/21 Art Online: All Editions
April 2022
Christies, Hong Kong (Online Auction)
Est.: 80.000 - 100.000 HKD
Realised: 119.700 HKD
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Yayoi Kusama - Naoshima Red Pumpkin
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No Regrets: 20/21 Art Online: All Editions
April 2022
Christies, Hong Kong (Online Auction)
Est.: 8.000 - 12.000 HKD
Realised: 10.080 HKD
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The artist Yayoi Kusama

  • One of the most important contemporary Japanese artists.
  • Polka dots and infinity nets run through all her art.
  • Founded her own museum in Tokyo (Yayoi Kusama Museum) in 2017.

Yayoi Kusama, born 22.03.1929 in Matsumoto, Japan, is one of the most important contemporary Japanese artists who spent the 1960s in the New York environment of Andy Warhol, Eva Hesse and Claes Oldenburg. Kusama's oeuvre includes painting, sculpture, film and installation art. The so-called Polka Dots and her Infinity Nets became her hallmarks.

The patterns symbolise the artist's fear of losing herself in infinity; they can be found in innumerable of her works. Later, Kusama increasingly incorporated phallus-like structures into her fabric sculptures, making them a recurring motif - as in the sculpture Traveling Life (1964), a ladder covered with fabric bulges –embodying the difficult climb for women within a male domain.

For a short time, Kusama tried to market her art in the form of happenings and performances by photographically staging herself - naked in places and covered in polka dots.Kusama's ubiquitous mental illness, due to which she suffers from hallucinations and fears of phallic objects (among others), guided her towards her partly phantasm-like installations and the use of dots and nets – the Infinity Mirror Room (1965) or the Fireflies on the Water (2002) are examples of this.

The patterns of dots and nets, which remain constant to this day, are said to have appeared to her as a child and she always feared losing herself in them. Kusama grew up during the Second World War and was forced to work in a parachute factory at the age of 12. This was compounded by her mother's strict conservative guidance and disapproving attitude. She developed a serious mental illness and was treated psychiatrically for many years.

Kusama attended the Kyoto School of Arts and Crafts from 1948 and achieved six solo exhibitions in the following years – the first in 1952. After her works were shown at the 18th Biennial at the Brooklyn Museum, she moved to the USA and from 1957 lived in New York, where she tried to assert herself on the scene.  In 1970, she returned to Japan and temporarily dropped off the radar.

In 1993, her works were shown at the Venice Biennale – after which her art became increasingly established on the international market: Her works regularly fetched record prices at auctions. Kusama was honoured with the Japanese art prize Praemium Imperiale, among others, and in 2017 she opened her own museum in Tokyo.

Die Künstlerin Yayoi Kusama

  • Eine der bedeutendsten zeitgenössischen japanischen Künstlerinnen.
  • Polka Dots und Infinity Nets ziehen sich durch ihre gesamte Kunst.
  • Gründete 2017 ihr eigenes Museum in Tokio (Yayoi Kusama Museum).

Yayoi Kusama, geb. 22.03.1929 in Matsumoto, Japan, ist eine der bedeutendsten zeitgenössischen japanische Künstlerinnen, die sich in den 1960er-Jahren im New Yorker Umfeld von Andy Warhol, Eva Hesse und Claes Oldenburg bewegte. Kusamas Portfolio umfasst Malerei, Bildhauerei sowie Film- und Installationskunst. Zu ihrem Kennzeichen wurden die sogenannten Polka Dots und ihre Infinity Nets.

Die Muster versinnbildlichen die Angst der Künstlerin, sich in der Unendlichkeit zu verlieren; sie finden sich in unzähligen ihrer Werke. Später brachte Kusama zunehmend phallusartige Gebilde in ihren Stoffskulpturen unter. Sie ließ sie zum wiederkehrenden Motiv werden – so auch in der bekannten Skulptur Traveling Life (1964), eine mit Stoffwülsten überzogene Leiter – sie verkörpert den schweren Aufstieg für Frauen innerhalb einer Männerdomäne.

Kurzzeitig versuchte Kusama ihre Kunst in Form von Happenings und Performances zu vermarkten, indem sie sich selbst – stellenweise nackt und mit Polka Dots überzogen – fotografisch inszenierte. Kusamas sehr präsente psychische Erkrankung, aufgrund derer sie an Halluzinationen und Ängsten vor phallischen Objekten (u. a.) leidet, leitete sie hin zu ihren teils phantasmenartigen Installationen und zur Verwendung der Pünktchen und Netze  – der Infinity Mirror Room (1965) oder die Fireflies on the Water (2002) sind Beispiele hierfür.

So sollen ihr die bis heute konstanten Muster aus Punkten und Netzen bereits im Kindesalter erschienen sein und sie fürchtete stets, sich darin zu verlieren. Kusama wuchs während des Zweiten Weltkrieges auf und war bereits im Alter von 12 Jahren gezwungen, in einer Fallschirmfabrik zu arbeiten. Hinzu kam die streng konservative Führung und ablehnende Haltung seitens ihrer Mutter.

Sie entwickelte eine schwerwiegende psychische Erkrankung und wurde viele Jahre psychiatrisch behandelt. Kusama besuchte ab 1948 die Kyoto School of Arts and Crafts und erreichte in den nachfolgenden Jahren sechs Einzelausstellungen – erstmals 1952. Nachdem ihre Werke auf der 18th Biennial at the Brooklyn Museum zu sehen waren, zog sie in die USA, ab 1957 lebte sie in New York, wo sie sich in der Szene durchzusetzen versuchte.

1970 kehrte sie nach Japan zurück und verschwand zeitweilig vom Radar. 1993 waren ihre Werke auf der Biennale von Venedig zu sehen – woraufhin sich ihre Kunst zunehmend auf dem internationalen Markt etablierte: Ihre Werke erzielten in Auktionen regelmäßig Rekordpreise. Kusama wurde unter anderem mit dem japanischen Kunstpreis Praemium Imperiale geehrt, 2017 eröffnete sie ihr eigenes Museum in Tokio.

Yayoi Kusama - Infinity Nets- toward the 21st Century
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Contemporary Day Auction
April 2022
Sothebys, Hong Kong
Est.: 2.000.000 - 3.000.000 HKD
Realised: 2.394.000 HKD
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Yayoi Kusama - Flowers (AFGT)
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Contemporary Day Auction
April 2022
Sothebys, Hong Kong
Est.: 1.500.000 - 2.500.000 HKD
Realised: 2.772.000 HKD
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Yayoi Kusama - Dot Obsession-T.W.KEV
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Contemporary Day Auction
April 2022
Sothebys, Hong Kong
Est.: 4.300.000 - 6.500.000 HKD
Realised: 6.930.000 HKD
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Yayoi Kusama - Glass
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Contemporary Day Auction
April 2022
Sothebys, Hong Kong
Est.: 1.800.000 - 2.800.000 HKD
Realised: 2.268.000 HKD
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Yayoi Kusama - Yellow Pumpkin; & Red Pumpkin
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No Regrets: 20/21 Art Online: All Editions
April 2022
Christies, Hong Kong (Online Auction)
Est.: 8.000 - 12.000 HKD
Realised: 16.380 HKD
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Yayoi Kusama - Pumpkin 2000 (Green)
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No Regrets: 20/21 Art Online: All Editions
April 2022
Christies, Hong Kong (Online Auction)
Est.: 90.000 - 120.000 HKD
Realised: 529.200 HKD
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Yayoi Kusama - Infinity Nets (P. 59)
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Editions & Works on Paper
April 2022
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 4.000 - 6.000 USD
Realised: 13.860 USD
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Yayoi Kusama - Infinity Nets (WR; YBL; & YOR)
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No Regrets: 20/21 Art Online: All Editions
April 2022
Christies, Hong Kong (Online Auction)
Est.: 200.000 - 300.000 HKD
Realised: 567.000 HKD
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Yayoi Kusama - Naoshima Red Pumpkin
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Prints and Multiples
April 2022
Bonhams, London
Est.: 600 - 800 GBP
Realised: not available
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Yayoi Kusama - Message from Hades
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Contemporary Evening Auction
April 2022
Sothebys, Hong Kong
Est.: 5.500.000 - 7.000.000 HKD
Realised: 13.685.000 HKD
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Yayoi Kusama - Lemon Tea
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Contemporary Evening Auction
April 2022
Sothebys, Hong Kong
Est.: 3.500.000 - 5.500.000 HKD
Realised: 11.507.000 HKD
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Yayoi Kusama - Pumpkin
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Contemporary Evening Auction
April 2022
Sothebys, Hong Kong
Est.: 8.000.000 - 15.000.000 HKD
Realised: 30.625.000 HKD
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Yayoi Kusama in News and Exhibitions

Artworks from almost 80 years

Born in 1929, Yayoi Kusama is considered one of the most important artists of the 20th and early 21st centuries. The Tel Aviv Museum of Art will bring together works from Kusama's long career in this retrospective beginning November 15, 2021.

November 15, 2021

Yayoi Kusama in News and Exhibitions

Kunstwerke aus fast 80 Jahren

Die 1929 geborene Yayoi Kusama gilt als eine der bedeutendsten Künstlerinnen des 20. und frühen 21. Jahrhunderts. Das Tel Aviv Museum of Art bringt in dieser Retrospektive ab dem 15. November 2021 Arbeiten aus Kusamas langer Schaffenszeit zusammen.

November 15, 2021

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