Yayoi Kusama’s Glass House Exhibition Will Be Your New Obsession
Fittingly, the Japanese artist’s installation is called “Dot Obsession.”
September 16, 2016
Renowned architect Philip Johnson would have turned 110 this summer. His repertoire of exclusive parties at the iconic Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut is now succeeded by the exhibit of a legendary artist, Yayoi Kusama.
Its form? Buoyant red polka dots.
Kusama’s “Dots Obsession – Alive, Seeking for Eternal Hope” exhibit uses the architecture of the Glass House as an infinity room. The celebrated Japanese artist covered this architectural landmark in a “desire to measure and make order of the infinite, unbounded universe from my own position within it, with polka dots.” At 87 years old, Kusama has designed various works of art, transcending pop minimalism and centering on fundamental themes of infinity, self-image, and repetition. Open until September 26, the installation was also curated in time for the 10th anniversary of the Glass House’s opening to the public.
“You never know how colorful life is until you live in a glass house,” Mies van der Rohe said. Constructed in 1949, the Glass House was deemed the “diary of an eccentric architect” (Philip Johnson, in this case). Johnson had the New Canaan house from when he built it in 1949 until his death in 2005.
While the polka dots appear disillusioned in the exterior footage, the interior allows the dots to reflect themselves on the tables and floor.
In addition to her “Dot Obsession” installation, Kusama’s Narcissus Garden—a collection of 1300 reflective steel spheres originally designed for the 1966 Venice Biennale—was reconstructed in the property’s pond earlier this summer.