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Step into the psychedelic wonderland of Yayoi Kusama at Manchester’s Factory International

Manchester's Factory International has been transformed into a surreal wonderland as it welcomes one of the world's most beloved artists, Yayoi Kusama.

Yayoi Kusama – You, Me and the Balloons

Celebrating three decades of her pioneering inflatable artworks, the “Yayoi Kusama – You, Me and the Balloons” exhibition offers visitors an immersive visual experience like no other.

Kusama’s psychedelic creations, including towering dolls, tendrilled landscapes, and a constellation of polka-dot spheres, take spectators on a journey through her vast and kaleidoscopic universe.

Kusama’s Polka Dots

Renowned for her surreal world of dots and pumpkins, Yayoi Kusama has captivated audiences worldwide with her hallucinatory paintings, sculptures, and immersive environments.

Her ability to conjure wonder while simultaneously posing profound questions about human existence has turned her into a global phenomenon.

From the moment the exhibition was announced, anticipation has been building in the city and beyond, as people now have a chance to step into Kusama’s cosmos.

Born in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Japan, in 1929, Yayoi Kusama’s artistic career began to flourish in the 1950s when she relocated to the United States.

Immersed in the vibrant New York art scene of the 1960s, she became an influential figure and a precursor to art movements such as Pop art, Minimalism, and Feminist art.

Kusama’s works are characterised by her signature polka dots, which she considers symbols of the infinite universe.

Through the repetition of these dots, she creates immersive environments that blur the boundaries between art and life, inviting viewers to transcend their own sense of self.

“You, Me and the Balloons” marks a significant milestone in Kusama’s career.

Yayoi Kusama’s largest ever immersive artwork

It showcases her largest-ever immersive environment and brings together her inflatable artworks for the first time.

The soaring spaces of Factory International provide the perfect backdrop for her monumental creations, some reaching heights of over 10 meters.

Visitors will be transported into a world of whimsy and awe, where giant dolls, swirling landscapes, and an endless constellation of polka-dot spheres await.

Kusama’s playful and vibrant universe offers a much-needed escape from the mundane and invites us to reflect on the greater mysteries of existence.

Her art prompts us to question our place in the universe and ponder all things’ interconnectedness.

By enveloping spectators in her art, she blurs the lines between observer and observed, creating an intimate and transformative experience.

With a career spanning eight decades, Yayoi Kusama’s impact on contemporary art cannot be overstated.

From her humble beginnings in Japan to her global recognition today, she inspires and ignites the imaginations of artists and art enthusiasts alike.

You, Me and the Balloons” is a testament to her enduring creativity, and it promises to leave visitors spellbound and inspired.

With Manchester’s Factory International opens its doors to this extraordinary exhibition, art lovers and curious minds can join together for a one of a kind mesmerising journey into the world of Yayoi Kusama’s work.

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