Yayoi Kusama: A Retrospective

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The companion to the groundbreaking new retrospective at the Gropius Bau, Yayoi Kusama: A Retrospective examines the artists' life and work through wholly original insights by leading experts. The book traces the development of Kusama's creative output from her early paintings and accumulative sculptures to her immersive environments, as well as exploring her lesser-known artistic activity in Europe and Germany in particular. It illuminates Kusama's commitment to political and social issues in Europe, the U.S. and Japan. A diverse selection of images and archival documents are featured alongside texts by authors from different theoretical backgrounds, and essays discuss Kusama's accomplishments in the worlds of fashion, film, art marketing and publishing.

Museum Story

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden's holdings encompass one of the most important collections of postwar American and European art in the world, and has been a leading voice for groundbreaking artists since 1974.


  • 352 pages, 490 illustrations
  • Hardcover
  • 11" x 9"
  • Edited by Stephanie Rosenthal, the director of the Gropius Bau in Berlin