Yayoi Kusama is one of Japan’s most important contemporary artists. In autumn 2020, the Gropius Bau will devote the first comprehensive retrospective in Germany to Kusama’s work, offering an overview of every creative period from the last seventy years and featuring current paintings as well as a new Infinity Room by the artist. Yayoi Kusama achieved global recognition for her exploration of repetitive patterns and structures, her signature polka dots and mirrored spaces; in her works, she confronts viewers with realms appearing to extend limitlessly outward and traces the disintegration of the subject in infinity. From the beginnings of her artistic career in New York in the late 1950s, she has combined classical media such as painting, sculpture and drawing with installations, performances and happenings. Presented over nearly 3000-square-metres of exhibition space, the Gropius Bau makes Kusama’s oeuvre accessible to audiences comprehensively for the first time in Germany. The exhibition thus returns to the beginnings of the artist’s widespread popularity in the mid-1960s in German and European contexts, where she was more active than in the USA where she was based at that time. Curated by Stephanie Rosenthal, Yilmaz Dziewior and Beatrix Ruf. In close collaboration with the artist and the 0-INSTITUTE.
The 0-INSTITUTE has the task of researching, preserving and presenting the works and documents of artists associated with the international post-war ZERO movement. The 0-INSTITUTE is advising artists, archives, and museums, and coordinating exhibition projects in collaboration with research institutes, national archives, and artist foundations around the world. The 0-INSTITUTE is active in to evaluate the ideas of the ZERO movement and present them in a contemporary context, in collaboration with the European Institute for Contemporary Art and Science (EICAS).
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