The famous Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama, was the latest artist to exhibit her work in the MALBA (Museum of Latin American art Buenos Aires).
The MALBA Museum is one of my favorite museum's in Buenos Aires. I always think of it as BA's own MoMA.
Kusama explained her obsession with/love for polka-dots and said:
"...a polka-dot had the form of the sun, which is a symbol of the energy of the whole world and out living life, and also the form of the moon, which is calm. Round, soft, colorful, senseless and unknowing. Polka-dots become movement... Polka-dots are a way to infinity."
Kusama started her career as an artist in the year 1957 in New York City. And she was usually alongside sixties pop art prodigies such as Andy Warhol and George Segal.
The hippie artist also rose to fame with her naked Body Festivals, where people used to paint polka-dots all over their bodies.
One of my favorite parts of the exhibition: the different light and mirror installations.
I also loved all of her latest paintings. Huge canvases with different patterns and acrylic colors.
She kept her motifs constant through-out all of the canvases, with similar patterns like drawings, polka-dots, colors, and small-dot figure like girls.
What do you think?
My museum attire.
Yayoi Kusama has always been a fashion icon. From her extravagant bodysuits to the iconic yayoi polk-a-dots, Yayoi Kusama is a fashion legend.
The Japanese artist started the Kusama Fashion Company Ltd. in 1968, and later had her own "fashion Kusama corner" in the department store every fashionista loves: Bloomingdale's.
In 2011, the fashion icon Kusama created her own capsule collection for Louis Vuitton. And, for the special occasion, LV's New York store was completely decked out à la Yayoi.
Kusama's other fashion/beauty collaborations include:
In 2010, Kusama designed six different "juicy tubes" for Lancome.
And, she also collaborated with a Japanese mobile company, and created her own limited edition cellphone.
What do you think of Kusama's beautiful masterpieces and her hippie feminist persona?
I loved learning about her life story and fashion collaborations.
Do you consider her a fashion icon?
Thank you for reading!