Yayoi Kusama’s freshest research of obliteration — flower obsession — has been on exhibition at the NGV triennial in Melbourne. The art installation features the most amazing dining room that started with a nearly natural, plainly-furnished place and was immediately consumed by a ‘virus’ of dazzling red flowers.
Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is one of the most celebrated living artists. Counting more than sixty years of career, she is recognised for her hypnotic installations that explore ideas of infinity and obliteration.
In a press release for the show, she tells the story and her inspiration to this creation:
‘One day, after gazing at a pattern of red flowers on the tablecloth, I looked up to see that the ceiling, the windows, and the columns seemed to be plastered with the same red floral pattern. I saw the entire room, my entire body, and the entire universe covered with red flowers, and in that instant my soul was obliterated … This was not an illusion but reality itself’.
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Flower obsession recreates a luxury interior design space. Visitors are invited to apply red flowers to the walls, furniture and objects. Over the duration of the exhibition, the proliferation of flowers will gradually cover all surfaces, ‘obliterating’ and transforming the room into a astonishing environment.
A while ago, Kusama has made a similar art installation called ‘The Obliteration room’ where she let people cover the entire room with colorful stickers, and the result was unbelievable.