You may have noticed an influx of selfies in front a room full of illuminated psychedelic pumpkins popping up on your social media feed. Just in case you were wondering... they are taken in front Yayoi Kusama’s current exhibition display ‘All the love I Have for the Pumpkins’ at the Victoria and Miro gallery in North London.
For the uninitiated, Yayoi Kusama is a world famous artist, writer and film maker who is documented for inspiring Andy Warhol and American sculptor Claes Oldenburg during the 70s. But there are more strings to this Japanese icons bow than being the stimulus for US artists, she’s collaborated with Louis Vuitton, presented a huge retrospective at the Tate Modern and has been selected as one of TIME Magazine’s World’s Most Influential People. Her latest showing ‘All the love I Have for the Pumpkins’ is testament to the the fact that this 87 year old artist is showing no sign of slowing down.
The exhibition is a truly immersive experience with illuminated pumpkin sculptures set inside a mirrored room that is perfect for capturing personal portraits - see above. The pumpkins continue Kusama's infatuation with the infinite and sublime. We can confirm that once you step into the room you’ll feel sublime; you're literally standing in a sea of beautifully illuminated never ending pumpkins.
Still confused? A bit unsure as to why Kusama has placed this plump vegetable on a pedestal? This perfectly composed poem should help.
‘All the love I Have for the Pumpkins’ is on until 30 July at the Victoria and Miro gallery, 16 Wharf Road, N1, London.