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The work of Yayoi Kusama is populated by dots and phalluses. The dots stem from the artist’s childhood, when she dreamed that she would disappear in a world full of dots and stripes. She initially made the phalluses out of fear of sex, later out of fascination. This shoe is filled with phallic forms, so that it becomes a symbol of men’s sexual fantasies and simultaneously plays on female sexual fascinations (and fears).

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Title Shoe
Material and technique Textile, paint and leather
Object type
Three-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 11,5 cm
Width 24,5 cm
Depth 8 cm
Artists Artist: Yayoi Kusama
Accession number BEK 1887 (MK)
Credits Loan Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Gift Hans Sonnenberg, 2012
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 2012
Creation date in 1966
Collector Collector / Hans Sonnenberg
Internal exhibitions Meneer Delta, een galeriehouder en verzamelaar in het museum (2012)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
External exhibitions Yayoi Kusama. A Retrospective (2021)
Yayoi Kusama. De Nederlandse jaren 1965-1970 (2023)
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