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Yayoi Kusama
Spirit Of Butterfly , 1975

Ink, Gouache and Collage on Paper
79.5 x 54.8cm


Poem written on the reverse reads: Yayoi Kusama After being burnt (cremated), I became just bones. Oh butterfly, take me to _ To the kingdom of the dream of death that I long for After the suffering of time in my life Leaving the wound of that person’s world in the desolated mountain and river country. Butterflies or ‘Choho’ are a highly symbolic creature in Japanese culture. Perceived to be the a ‘soul of the living and the dead’, a popular belief is that spirits of the dead take the form of a butterfly when on their journey to the other world and eternal life. This captivating work depicts the side profile of a woman facing the left side of the canvas, rendered in a highly stylized form, while perched on her head are an array of magnificent butterflies. A highly symbolic piece, it can be interpreted as a depiction of the journey of a woman, who is leaving behind her pain and sorrow in the mortal world, and following the gentle butterflies to a place of everlasting peace and tranquility. // This work is accompanied by a registration card issued by the Yayoi Kusama Studio. Signed in English and dated 1975; signed in English, titled (with an accompanied poem written) in Japanese and dated 1975 on the reverse, framed ink, gouache and collage on paper 79.5 by 54.8 cm.; 31¼ by 21½ in

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  • +Artist Bio

    Yayoi Kusama was born 1929, in Matsumoto City and began painting at the age of 10, as a means of escaping a childhood of neglect and expressing her early experiences with hallucinogenic visions. She is best known for her works best known for her works featuring repeating motifs and psychedelic imagery that evoke themes of psychology, feminism, obsession, sex, creation, destruction, and intense self-reflection. Read More

  • +Exhibitions

    Yayoi Kusama: Infinite Obsession, Centro Cultural Banco de Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (solo)

    Dynamo: Un Siecle de lumiere et de mouvement dans l'art 1913-2013/A Century of light and movement in art 1913-2013, Grand Palais, Paris, France
    Yayoi Kusama: Eternity of Eternal Eternity, Shizuoka Prefectural museum of Art, Shizuoka, Japan (solo)
    Cinematic Visions: Painting at the Edge of Reality, Victoria Miro, London, England
    Yayoi Kusama: Infinite Obsession, Malba - Fundacion Constantini, Buenos Aires, Argentina (solo)
    Yayoi Kusama: A Dream I Dreamed, Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, Korea (solo)
    Yayoi Kusama, David Zwirner, New York, USA

    Drawings from the mid-50s - D'Amelio Terras, New York, USA
    Yayoi Kusama, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
    Yayoi Kusama, Tate Modern, London, England
    Yayoi Kusama, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina, Sofia, Bulgaria; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Tate Modern, London, England; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA

    Yayol Kusama: Heaven and Earth, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, USA
    Yayoi Kusama, Gagosian Gallery, Rome, Italy
    Yayoi Kusama, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain
    Yayoi Kusama, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England
    Yayoi Kusama's Body festival in 60's - Watari-Um, Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

    Yayoi Kusama, The Place for My Soul, Matsumoto City Museum of Art, Nagano, Japan (solo)
    Minimalism & Conceptualism, Jason Rulnick, New York, NY

    Flowers That Bloom at Midnight, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA (solo)
    Yayoi Kusama, , Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
    Yayoi Kusama - I Want to Live Forever - PAC - Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy (solo)
    Yayoi Kusama - Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia (solo)
    Yayoi Kusama - Mirrored Years - Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney - MCA, Sydney, Australia (solo)

    Yayoi Kusama, Marlborough London, London, UK (solo)
    Sotto Voce, Yvon Lambert, New York, NY
    Yayoi Kusama, Mirrored Years, Museums Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
    Yayoi Kusama, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK (solo)
    The Masked Portrait: Aspects of Japanese Contemporary Art 1949-Present, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
    Yayoi Kusama, Matsumoto City Museum of Art, Nagano, Japan (Solo)

    Yayoi Kusama, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK (solo)
    Yayoi Kusama, Roslyn Oxley 9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia (solo)
    Yayoi Kusama, Dots Obsession - Dots Transformed into Love, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany; WIELS, Brussel, Belgium (solo)
    Infinity Nets 2006, MOMA Contemporary, Fukuoka, Japan (solo)
    Beautiful New World: Contemporary Visual Culture from Japan, Long March Project, "798" Dashanzi Art District, Beijing, China
    Rose Art: Works from the Permanent Collection, The Rose Art Museum, Massachusetts
    NAOSHIMA STANDARD 2, Benesse Art Site Naoshima, Kagawa, Japan

    Yayoi Kusama, Sakima Art Museum, Okinawa, Japan (solo)
    Yayoi Kusama, Iwami Art Museum, Shimane, Japan (solo)
    Yayoi Kusama, YAYOI in FOREVER, Forever Museum of Contemporary Art gallery, Akita, Japan (solo)
    Yayoi Kusama, Arndt&Partner, Berlin, Germany (solo)
    Yayoi Kusama Metamorphosis, Galleria Civica, Modena, Italy (solo)
    Yayoi Kusama, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
    Crimson Eye, Piece Unique, Paris, France (solo)

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