Polka dots are taking over Taiwan!
Yayoi Kusama, an avant-garde artist born in Japan, has been painting polka dots since the age of ten. Nobody would have guessed that she’d become the notable artist she is today. Her popular works has influenced many artists around the world, including frenemy Andy Warhol.
Kusama enjoys experimenting with a range of media including writing, film and performance art but is best known for her paintings and sculptures. She has even made a splash in the fashion industry, working alongside Marc Jacobs in 2012 to create an exquisite Yayoi Kusama collection for Louis Vuitton.
Kusama’s Infinite Obsession was the most popular art exhibition of 2014, according to The Art newspaper, so do not miss your chance to see her works this spring and summer in Taiwan.
The A Dream I Dreamed exhibition will be at the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts until May 17 then at Taichung’s National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts from June 6 to August 30.
The works featured are a combination of abstract and minimalistic art infused with surrealism. Kusama forges into the boundless world of dreams with colorful imagery sprinkled with dots.
What is especially unforgettable about this exhibit is the Brilliance of the Souls mirrored infinity room with hundreds of light fixtures installed to create the illusion of the being surrounded by an explosion of dots.
Kusama’s work has an undeniably fun attitude, which complements her hip personality and style. At the age of 86, she still loves rocking her signature red wig and, of course, polka dot printed clothing.
If you aren’t able to make the trek down to Kaohsiung or Taichung, Taiwan’s very own Yayoi Kusama pop-up cafe and gift shop has just opened for business at Huashan 1914 Creative Park in Taipei.
This is a great spot to get to know more about Kusama’s work and enjoy afternoon tea in her red and white polka dotted cafe, inspired by her Dots Obsession piece. The cafe will be opened until September 30.
If that’s not enough to convince you to check out Kusama’s works, here’s a photo of George Clooney wearing a Giorgio Armani suit customized by the artist herself.