M+, Asia’s first global museum of contemporary visual culture in the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong, is pleased to announce the museum’s first Special Exhibition: Yayoi Kusama: 1945 to Now, to be opened on M+’s first anniversary, 12 November 2022 (Saturday) through 14 May 2023 (Sunday). M+ also announces the ticketing arrangements for General Admission and Yayoi Kusama: 1945 to Now, both of which take effect on 12 November 2022 (Saturday), and unveils its programme of exhibitions for the second year of opening.
About the exhibit
Yayoi Kusama: 1945 to Now is the largest retrospective of renowned artist Yayoi Kusama in Asia outside Japan, featuring more than 200 works from major collections from museums and private collections in Asia, Europe, and the United States, the M+ Collection, as well as from the artist’s own collection. The retrospective highlights the core aesthetic elements of Kusama’s work and foregrounds her recurring philosophical questions about life and death and her longing for interconnectedness. The exhibition explores how Kusama has become a global cultural icon who creates vital and influential work to this day.
Organised chronologically and thematically, and spanning from Kusama’s earliest work to her most recent output, Yayoi Kusama: 1945 to Now features a wide range of paintings, installations, sculptures, drawings, collages, moving images, and archival materials. The exhibition examines Kusama’s practice as it developed in Japan, the United States, Europe, and beyond through six themes: Infinity, Accumulation, Radical Connectivity, Biocosmic, Death, and Force of Life. The exhibition presents three brand-new works to audiences for the first time. Death of Nerves (2022) is a large-scale installation commissioned by M+. Installed in the Lightwell that connects the museum’s ground floor and the basement levels and draping down to the Found Space on the B2 level, the work can be viewed from multiple vantages throughout the M+ building. Dots Obsession—Aspiring to Heaven’s Love (2022), presented in The Studio on the B2 level, is an ambitious immersive environment that includes one of the artist’s signature mirrored spaces. Two large sculptures titled Pumpkin (2022) will be available for public viewing in the Main Hall on the ground floor.
About Yayoi Kusama
Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929, Japan) is one of the most important and influential Asian artists in the history of contemporary art. She is renowned for her prolific and groundbreaking practice, spanning paintings, sculptures, performances, moving images, and large-scale installations. Trained in traditional Japanese painting, she moved to the United States in 1957 and soon established herself in the American and European avant-garde for her unique and radical artistic language. She returned to Japan in 1973 and has relentlessly reinvented and created art that resonates with the time in which she lives.
Yayoi Kusama: 1945 to Now tickets, which allow visitors access to all galleries, are priced at HK$240 for adults and HK$150 for concession. Admission to Pumpkin (2022) and Hong Kong: Here and Beyond on the ground floor and the B1 level of the museum respectively will be free of charge. Tickets for both General Admission and Yayoi Kusama: 1945 to Now for the period from 12 November 2022 (Saturday) to 31 January 2023 (Tuesday) will be available for online purchase starting from 10am on 13 October 2022 (Thursday).