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yayoi kusama’s inflatable works take over manchester in ‘you, me & the balloons’ exhibition


YAYOI KUSAMA: YOU, ME and tHE BALLOONS

 

From 30 June to twenty-eight August 2023, Manchester Worldwide Competition presents You, Me and the Balloons, a significant site-specific exhibition showcasing Yayoi Kusama’s inflatable artworks. The present brings collectively a outstanding assortment of artworks spanning the previous 30 years, together with iconic items like a large pumpkin, inflatable dolls, mirrored areas, and polka-dot spheres, lots of which have by no means been exhibited within the UK. Following her acclaimed retrospective at Tate Fashionable in 2012, this exhibition marks Kusama’s largest and most formidable immersive setting so far and is specifically designed for Aviva Studios, Manufacturing facility Worldwide’s flagship new venue by Ellen van Loon, OMA Accomplice and lead architect.

yayoi kusama's inflatable works take over manchester in 'you, me & the balloons' exhibition
Dots Obsession, 2013 set up view from Manchester Worldwide Competition 2023 exhibition ‘Yayoi Kusama: You, Me and the Balloons’ at Aviva Studios | picture © David Levene (head picture: A Bouquet of Love I Noticed within the Universe, 2021 set up view from Manchester Worldwide Competition 2023 exhibition ‘Yayoi Kusama: You, Me and the Balloons’ at Aviva Studios | picture © David Levene)

 

 

a wonderland of inflatable sculptures by yayoi kusama 

 

Inviting guests to immerse themselves in Kusama’s fascinating psychedelic universe, You, Me and the Balloons presents a mesmerizing journey by way of a vibrant panorama of large-scale inflatable sculptures. Towering over 10 meters tall or suspended from the spectacular 21-meter-high ceiling, these colourful creations create a fascinating ambiance for all who enter the brand new venue at Manufacturing facility Worldwide (discover extra right here).

 

‘It will be fascinating if folks would expertise the present as a wonderland. The expertise of the dimensions is what’s necessary. Inflatable works expanded my artistic means by way of scale that would not have been achieved by stuffed mushy sculptures, and the liberty of putting them up within the air,’ shares Yayoi Kusama. ‘For me, the world is genuinely filled with surprises. It isn’t that I wish to encourage a childlike awe or marvel, however to encourage by way of my real notion of the world.’ 

yayoi kusama's inflatable works take over manchester in 'you, me & the balloons' exhibition
A Bouquet of Love I Noticed within the Universe, 2021 set up view from Manchester Worldwide Competition 2023 exhibition ‘Yayoi Kusama: You, Me and the Balloons’ at Aviva Studios | picture © David Levene

 

 

biomorphic balloons and immersive polka dots 

 

Upon getting into the exhibition, guests are guided by way of a tunnel that results in a fascinating iteration of The Hope of the Polka Dots Buried in Infinity will Eternally Cowl the Universe (2019). This maze-like set up mesmerizes with its floor-to-ceiling association of large-scale biomorphic balloons. Ascending the steps inside the set up, guests are greeted by a roof platform providing panoramic views of your entire exhibition. The platform serves as an ideal vantage level earlier than descending into the principle Warehouse area.

 

Contained in the Warehouse, the long-lasting Dots Obsession sequence (1996/2023) takes on a brand new kind. Giant inflatable polka-dot shapes, suspended in mid-air, create a constellation that spans the spectacular 65-meter size of the area. Moreover, guests can enter certainly one of Kusama’s famend infinity mirror rooms, housed inside a hanging pink inflatable dome, as a part of the immersive expertise of Dots Obsession (2013).

yayoi kusama's inflatable works take over manchester in 'you, me & the balloons' exhibition
Yayoi-chan, 2021-2023 set up view from Manchester Worldwide Competition 2023 exhibition ‘Yayoi Kusama: You, Me and the Balloons’ at Aviva Studios | picture © David Levene

 

 

The exhibition additionally consists of Music of a Manhattan Suicide Addict (2007), a compelling video projection that includes Kusama singing about her private journey with despair. Moreover, guests can encounter a specifically created presentation of Kusama’s inflatable Clouds (2023), positioned on the ground. These mushy sculptures, for the primary time, invite guests to sit down or lie on them, providing a novel interactive component.

 

For an awe-inspiring expertise, guests can immerse themselves in A Bouquet of Love I Noticed within the Universe (2021), a rare colossal work spanning over 11 meters in size. This inflatable forest enchants with its large glowing pink tentacles, enveloping guests in its magical presence.

yayoi kusama's inflatable works take over manchester in 'you, me & the balloons' exhibition
Dots Obsession, 2013 set up view from Manchester Worldwide Competition 2023 exhibition ‘Yayoi Kusama: You, Me and the Balloons’ at Aviva Studios | picture © David Levene

yayoi kusama's inflatable works take over manchester in 'you, me & the balloons' exhibition
Lifetime of the Pumpkin Recites, All In regards to the Greatest Love for the Folks, 2019 set up view from Manchester Worldwide Competition 2023 exhibition ‘Yayoi Kusama: You, Me and the Balloons’ at Aviva Studios | picture © David Levene

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