New paintings from Yayoi Kusama’s iconic My Eternal Soul series will be exhibited this summer

The renowned Japanese artist has worked on an extension of her ongoing body of work and will exhibit them at galleries in London, New York and Tokyo.

16 April 2021

This summer, both London’s Victoria Miro, New York’s David Zwirner and Tokyo’s Ota Fine Arts galleries will host a new installation of paintings from renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, as part of the ongoing series My Eternal Soul.

The artist has risen to great acclaim for her fusion of disciplines, including sculpture, installation, painting, performance, film, fashion, fiction and poetry. One of her most recognisable being Infinity Nets, featuring iconic pumpkin sculptures and mirror rooms.

In this new major exhibition, the works at hand are an extension of the artist’s largely celebrated project My Eternal Soul – a series that first commenced in 2019. Over the last two years, however, the artist has returned to paint as a medium, utilising her trademark of repetition and patterns to build more intimate formats. The new pieces resultantly see a merging of motifs, including eyes, faces and more unusual forms, as well as her namesake polkadots.

Alongside the paintings, Kusama plans on releasing a powerful message to the world in a poem. It will bring a sense of resilience and hope, stating: “In the midst of this historic menace, a brief burst of light points to the future. Let us joyfully sing this song of a splendid future. Let’s go…”

The first exhibition at Victoria Miro will commence on 4 June as part of a major exhibition of new paintings and sculptures. Later that month, My Eternal Soul will be exhibited at David Zwirner on 17 June, and Ota Fine Arts will open its doors to the show on 19 June.

Kusama’s work can be viewed elsewhere, too, including Cosmic Nature which is currently on show at The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, New York, until 31 October 2021. Yayoi Kusama: A Retrospective launches at the Gropius Bau in Berlin on 23 April until 15 August 2021, while Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Rooms opens in spring at London’s Tate Modern.

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Yayoi Kusama. Photo by Yusuke Miyazaki (Copyright © Yayoi Kusama, 2020)

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