Yayoi Kusama's installations to go on display in Hanoi

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Yayoi Kusama's 2009 installation "˜Guidepost to the New Space' at Hayward Gallery, London. Photo courtesy of Japan Foundation

An exhibition of installation works by Yayoi Kusama, a renowned Japanese avant-garde sculptor, painter, and novelist, that opens in Hanoi Saturday will offer audiences a chance to discover the best of Japanese contemporary art.

"Yayoi Kusama: Obsessions" is being held by the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam.

Kusama, dubbed the "polka dot queen of avant-garde art," would display her famous immersive installations, the organizer said in a statement.

One half of the courtyard at the foundation at 27 Quang Trung Street will be covered with 1,500 silver balls for her legendary installation "Narcissus Garden," while nine huge objects with polka dots titled "Guidepost to the New Space" will be arranged in the other half and the garage.

The main exhibition hall will have the work "Dots Obsessions," one of Kusama's most popular installations with mirrors and dotted balloons.

A small kitchen in a smaller building next door will have the relatively new installation "I'm Here, but Nothing" where visitors can experience the illusive confusion of two and three dimensions with dizzying illuminated dots.

The exhibition, at the foundation at 27 Quang Trung Street, Hoan Kiem District, will be inaugurated at 10 a.m. on May 25 by Mr. Hideo Suzuki, Charge d'affaires at the embassy of Japan in Hanoi. A message will be delivered on behalf of Kusama.

The exhibition will remain open until July 28.

Born in Nagano Prefecture in 1929, Kusama studied Nihonga painting in Kyoto in 1948. She went to the US in 1957 and became part of the New York avant-garde scene.

In 1959 she first exhibited an "infinity net," as she called her polka dot works, and that changed her career, becoming her signature style: obsessive, repetitive and rhythmic.

She had started to paint polka dots during her childhood, after her first experience of hallucinations and obsessive thoughts, and later began to paint them everywhere: walls, floors, canvases, household objects, and naked assistants.

She returned to Japan in 1973.

Some of her most important works are the Infinity Net series (started in 1959) on a canvas of 10 meters; soft sculptures in Accumulation (1950), Sex Obsession (1962) and Compulsive Furniture (1964); the installation Narcissus Garden (1966) presented at Venice Biennale; the environmental works Passing Winter (2005) and Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity (2009).

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