A companion book from the groundbreaking retrospective at the Gropius Bau, providing wholly original insights from leading experts to examine Kusama’s life and work. The book follows the development of Kusama’s creative output, from her early paintings and accumulative sculptures to her immersive environments, while also exploring her lesser-known artistic activity in Europe and Germany. It highlights Kusama’s political and social commitment in Europe, the US, and Japan, featuring a diverse selection of images and archival documents alongside texts by authors from different theoretical backgrounds. The essays delve into Kusama’s accomplishments in fashion, film, art marketing, and publishing, focusing on her engagement with different artistic spheres and offering genre-specific observations about her performances, installations, and painting series. As fascinating as its subject, this monumental retrospective provides a panoramic view of Kusama’s extraordinary career and guides viewers toward a deeper understanding of her creative trajectory.
Hardcover, 352 pages, 22,0 x 28,0 cm, 361 color illustrations, 107 b/w illustrations.