YAYOI KUSAMA’s latest obsession? Flowers

The Japanese artist’s installation is called Flower Obsession and it’s an apartment set up for the first edition of National Gallery of Victoria Triennial

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The latest, majestic installation by Yayoi Kusama is called Flower Obsession and its name is quite promising.

The Japanese artist, a living legend thanks to his extravagant and colourful artistic installations, is well known for immersive spaces called Mirror Room.

However, another important aspect of her career revolves around Obliteration Room, where spectators ‘erase’ internal spaces, otherwise ordinary, with colourful stickers. On this occasion, the concept of obliteration is completely renewed through an endless amount of flowers inside an apartment set up for the first edition of National Gallery of Victoria Triennial.

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At the entrance, fake Gerbera daisies and floral stickers are given to people so that they can place them wherever they want, from the floor to the furniture.

After four months, the outcome is a surreal home completely covered with red flowers, as if nature reclaimed an abandoned place.

Moreover, the decision to use flowers leads back to Yayoi Kusama’s early artistic production: “One day, after observing a pattern of red flowers on a tablecloth, I looked up and saw that the ceiling, windows and columns seemed plastered with the same red floral pattern”.

“I saw the entire room, my entire body and the entire universe covered with red flowers, and in that moment my soul was erased… that was not an illusion but reality itself”.

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Yayoi Kusama’s installation, just like her experience as a child, begun as a relatively normal daily experience that was later literally invaded by a ‘virus’ of red flowers, representing men’s creative ability as a unique tool to transform our own reality.

A new interactive work that recalls once again the topic of infinity and simultaneously invites visitors to autonomously paint their existential sphere.

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