yayoi kusama obliterates a room with a virus of beautiful red flowers

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yayoi kusama obliterates a room with a virus of beautiful red flowers

yayoi kusama’s latest exploration of obliteration — flower obsession — is on display at the the national gallery of victoria triennial. the installation began with a relatively normal, boringly-furnished room and was quickly destroyed by a virus of beautiful, red flowers. exhibition image of yayoi kusama’s flower obsession 2017 on display in NGV triennial at NGV international 2017 / photo: eugene hyland the interactive work is in reference to one of kusama’s earliest experiences with infinity. one day, when she was very young, her child-eyes looked around a kitchen and took interest in a table cloth patterned with red flowers. then came the hallucinations. exhibition image of yayoi kusama’s flower obsession 2017 on display in NGV triennial at NGV international 2017 / photo: eugene hyland ‘I looked up to see that the ceiling, the windows, and the columns seemed to be plastered with the same red floral pattern,’ says yayoi kusama, ‘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.’ exhibition image of yayoi kusama’s flower obsession 2017 on display in NGV triennial at NGV international 2017 / photo: eugene hyland at the national gallery of victoria triennial , visitors were invited to paint this existential reality for all to see, applying a seemingly-infinite pattern, one flower at a time. naturally, viewers flocked to the NGV installation, hoping to see what yayoi sees. flower after faux-flower, they destroyed the space, covering couches, toilets, windows, ceilings, and columns with an unescapable, red repetition. exhibition image of yayoi kusama’s flower obsession 2017 on display in NGV triennial at NGV international 2017 / photo: eugene hyland exhibition image of yayoi kusama’s flower obsession 2017 on display in NGV triennial at NGV international 2017 / photo: eugene hyland exhibition image of yayoi kusama’s flower obsession 2017 on display in NGV triennial at NGV international 2017 / photo: eugene hyland exhibition image of yayoi kusama’s flower obsession 2017 on display in NGV triennial at NGV international 2017 / photo: eugene hyland exhibition image of yayoi kusama’s flower obsession 2017 on display in NGV triennial at NGV international 2017 / photo: eugene hyland crowds enjoy yayoi kusama’s flower obsession 2017 on display at NGV triennial 2017 / photo: sam wong crowds enjoy yayoi kusama’s flower obsession 2017 on display at NGV triennial 2017 / photo: sam wong crowds enjoy yayoi kusama’s flower obsession 2017 on display at NGV triennial 2017 / photo: sam wong exhibition image of yayoi kusama’s flower obsession 2017 on display in NGV triennial at NGV international 2017 / photo: eugene hyland exhibition image of yayoi kusama’s flower obsession 2017 on display in NGV triennial at NGV international 2017 / photo: eugene hyland exhibition image of yayoi kusama’s flower obsession 2017 on display in NGV triennial at NGV international 2017 / photo: eugene hyland exhibition image of yayoi kusama’s flower obsession 2017 on display in NGV triennial at NGV international […]