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Installation view, artwork: Yayoi Kusama
Born in 1929 in Matsumoto, Japan. Yayoi Kusama is one of the most prolific and important Japanese artists of the postwar to contemporary period. Having originally trained in traditional Nihonga painting in Kyoto, she moved to the United States in 1957 and went on to establish a reputation as an influential figure in the postmodern New York art scene. She is recognized as a historically important artist for her innovative approaches to Minimal abstraction, Pop Art, and performance. Her works deal with highly personal and often provocative themes such as obsession, trauma, transcendence, and sexuality. She returned to Japan in 1973 and has continued to produce artworks, while also achieving success as a novelist and poet. In a career spanning over seven decades, her output extends across diverse media such as paintings, happenings, sculptures, prints, literary works, films, fashion, and public art, which she continues to experiment with to the present day.