Sunday, 31 July 2011

Yayoi Kusama ... in Spain

A week in Spain ... I could write about Guernica, Prado or Thyssen-Bornemisza, about Guggenheim, Frank Gehry and the wealth of art in Spanish permanent collections.

But I'm sure you can find that somewhere else if you take a look. I was inspired by a thousand things. And at the Museo de Arte Reina Sofia, before I even found Picasso's Guernica, my imagination was full to overflowing, by the exhibition on Yayoi Kusama. I think she's even been (or going to be) in Tate or Hayward recently, but my appreciation had to wait for me to visit Spain.

Yayoi Kusama is the polka dot lady. But her epic, evolving career has taken her through west and east, through Miro-esque (but, seeing them for the first time, infinitely more beautiful) paintings of delicate natural beauty (my favourites), through a multitude of textile phalli, all white, explorations of the self, nudity, mirror mazes, lit by a thousand tiny lights, and back to painting, on a huge, vibrant scale.

I like seeing such a long journey, all in one place. I hope my journey is as diverse as that!