Yayoi Kusama has stunned hundreds if not millions of visitors with her amazing, jaw-dropping art show over the years, however the much-loved artist is set to host an exhibition in Manchester this summer. Bringing her largest ever immersive environment to Manchester’s new landmark cultural venue Factory International, the exhibition will form the centrepiece of the Manchester International Festival 2023 within the main warehouse space.
Known as You, Me and the Balloons, the exhibition will celebrate three decades of the pioneering Japanese artist’s inflatable artworks, which are brought together for the first time in this major exhibition. Created specially for Factory International in Manchester, this exhibition by Yayoi Kusama will feature works that are over ten metres tall – including giant dolls, spectacular tendrilled landscapes and a vast constellation of polka-dot spheres.
Kusama is renowned and adored for her surreal world of dots and pumpkins amongst other artistic motifs. One of Yayoi Kusama‘s most recent (and Instagrammable) attraction is the artist’s dazzling infinity rooms at London’s Tate Modern, alongside the Obliteration Room where visitors decorate a blank white apartment with colourful dots.
Her hallucinatory paintings, sculptures, and immersive environments take us beyond ourselves and make us feel part of something greater. Unique in her ability to conjure wonder whilst also asking bigger questions about human existence, millions of people queue for hours to spend just a minute in Kusama’s cosmos.
Kusama’s career spans eight decades and she is now a global phenomenon. In Yayoi Kusama exhibition You, Me and the Balloons visitors will experience the vastness of her playful and kaleidoscopic universe.
The exhibition by Yayoi Kusama will be open to the public from June 30 until August 23, 2023 at Factory International in Manchester with standard tickets costing £15. Book your tickets here.
Find Factory International at Water Street, Manchester, M3 4JQ.