Biography

1929

Born in Matsumoto-shi, Nagano-ken, Japan

1957

Studies at Art Student League

1958

Moves to the US. Paints in a grand format, soft sculptures and environmental installations using electricity and mirrors. During the second half of the 60s, Kusama organises body paint performances, fashion shows as well as numerous happenings against the war (most notably). She also starts to become interested in media as a means of artistic expression: production of films, a weekly publication, etc.

1963

Acquires a permanent visa to the U.S.

1967

Wins the Fourth Belgium International Short Film Prize

1968

Her film, 'Self-Obliteration,' is made and includes images of her 'naked' happenings. It is awarded at the 4th International Festival for Short-Films in Belgium. Holds various exhibitions and happenings throughout Europe.

1973

Returns to Japan. Publishes numerous novels and poem collections all in the vein of support for her artistic endeavors.

1982

Golden prize from the Italian Academy of Arts

1983

Receives the Literary Magazine Prize Yasei Jidai for her novel Christopher Homosexual Brother.

1996

Exhibits primarily in New York. Receives the International Art Critic Association prize for a solo exhibit in New York at the Paula Cooper Gallery and the Robert Miller Gallery.

2000

Receives Education Minister's Art Encouragement Prize and Foreign Minister's commendations

2001

Receives the Asahi Prize

2003

Received Ordre des Arts et des Lettres

 

Exhibitions

2007

Yayoi Kusama, Hills Café/Space Project, Yayoi Kusama presents a polka dots café in universe, Roppongi Hills, Tokyo

 

Yayoi Kusama, Dots Obsession, Love transformed into Dots, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany

2006

YAYOI KUSAMA, Robert Miller Gallery, New York

 

Crimson Eye, Piece Unique, Paris

 

IDOL!, Yokohama Museum of Art, Kanagawa, Japan

 

Aomori Art of Art, Aomori, Japan

 

YAYOI KUSAMA Metamorphosis , Galleria Civica Modena, Italy

 

ZERO. International Avant-garde of the 50's and 60's Musee d'Art Moderne, Saint- Etienne, France

 

Singapore Biennale, Singapore

 

Tokyo-Berlin/Berlin-Tokyo, Berlin, Germany

 

Summer of Love. Art of the Psychedelic Era, Kunsthalle Wien, Austria

 

YAYOI in FOREVER, Yayoi Kusama, Iwami Art Museum, Shimane, Japan

2005 - 2006

Barocco y Neobarocco: The Hell of the Beautiful, DA2, Domus Artium 2002, Salamanca, Spain

2005 - 2006

Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool

2005

Yayoi Kusama, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris

2004 - 2005

Yayoi Kusama: Eternity-Modernity, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

2004 - 2005

Yayoi Kusama: Sailing the Sea of Infinity, Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto

2004

Mori Art Museum, Tokyo

 

Museum of Contemporary Art, Sapporo

 

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

2003

Biennale d'Art Contemporain de Lyon

 

Pièce Unique and Pièce Unique Variations, Paris

 

Love Forever, Fabian & Claude Walter Galerie, Zürich (solo)

2002

Yayoi Kusama, Kunsthalle Wein im Museumsquartier, Vienna, Austria

 

Robert Miller Gallery, New York

2001

Pièce Unique, Paris and also at Pièce Unique Variations, Paris (solo)

 

FIAC 2001 with Pièce Unique, Paris

 

Yokohama

2000

Participated in the Sydney Biennale

 

Solo exhibition at the Consortium in Dijon. This exhibition then was presented at the Maison de la Culture du Japon à Paris, at the Abattoirs de Toulouse and various other areas in Europe and Asia

1999

American Century, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

1998 - 1999

An important retrospective of work by Kusama is presented at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and then at the MOMA in New York, the Walker Art Center of Minneapolis and finally at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo.

1998 - 1999

Exhibited at the Robert Miller Gallery of New York and at Pièce Unique in Paris

1998

Collective Work, Les Abattoirs, Toulouse

1997

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Walker Art Center and Museum of Modern Art, New York

1996

Robert Miller Gallery, New York

1995

Exhibited in Tokyo galleries and at the YU Contemporary Art in Yokohama

1994

First outdoor sculptures. Created out of Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) for the medical center of Fukuoka, the Museum of Fine Arts of Fukuoka and the "Island Museum" of Naoshima. Furthermore, Kusama realized mural paintings in the metro corridors of Lisbon

1993

Venice Biennale, Japan Pavilion, Venice

1990

Numerous exhibitions in japanese galleries and museums

1989

Exhibitions at the Center for International Arts in New York and at the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford

1986 - 1987

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Calais and at the Musée Municipal de Dôle

1966

Galeria d'Arte del Naviglio, Milan

1962

Gertrude Stein Gallery, New York

1961

Stephan Radich Gallery, New York

 

Yayoi Kusama: Watercolors, Gres Gallery, Washington, DC

1960

Yayoi Kusama, Gres Gallery, Washington, DC

1959

Yayoi Kusama, First solo exhibition in New York, Brata Gallery, New York

 

Brata Gallery, New York

1958

Nova Gallery, Boston

1957

Yayoi Kusama, Zoe Dusanne Gallery, Seattle

1955

Exhibition: Yayoi Kusama, Kyuryudo Gallery, Tokyo

1954

Eight Japanese Women Artists, Yoseido Gallery, Tokyo

1952

First solo exhibition, First Community Center, Matsumoto, Nagano