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up to and including 19 October 2008

Yayoi Kusama - Mirrored Years

The 'Mirrored Years' exhibition of work by the celebrated Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama confronted early installations, films and sculptures from the 1960s with recent works. The exhibition revealed the coherence of Kusama's oeuvre over the years while at the same time highlighting the freshness and innovative nature of certain themes explored in her work. Working in a highly idiosyncratic formal idiom and exploiting many different techniques, Kusama's work is the product of a lifelong interest in visual perception and sensory experiences.

'Mirrored Years' demonstrated the abiding force of Yayoi Kusama. The juxtaposition of renowned installations such as the 'Infinity Mirror Room – Phalli's Field' (1965) or 'Narcissus Garden' (1966) with recent mirror installations such as 'Fireflies on the Water' and 'Invisible Life' (2000) as well as new sculptures such as 'Soaring Spirits' (2008-2009) provided insight into a career spanning more than 40 years. Besides the abovementioned works, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen presented various other sculptures, films and happenings created by Kusama in the 1960s in conjunction with comparable works from recent years. The museum also showed Kusama's most recent work: an installation of 50 new paintings that she has been producing assiduously over the last three years.