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Yayoi Kusama's official message to the world.

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Yayoi Kusama's official message to the world.
Yayoi Kusama with her works in Tokyo, 2016. Photo by Tomoaki Makino. Courtesy of the artist © Yayoi Kusama

Prolific Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama, released an official statement today via one of her galleries, OTA Fine Arts, a gallery with spaces in Tokyo, Singapore and Shanghai.


Today, with the world facing COVID-19, I feel the necessity to address it with this message.

A MESSAGE FROM YAYOI KUSAMA TO THE WHOLE WORLD

Though it glistens just out of reach, I continue to pray for hope to shine through
Its glimmer lighting our way
This long awaited great cosmic glow

Now that we find ourselves on the dark side of the world
The gods will be there to strengthen the hope we have spread throughout the universe

For those left behind, each person’s story and that of their loved ones
It is time to seek a hymn of love for our souls
In the midst of this historic menace, a brief burst of light points to the future
Let us joyfully sing this song of a splendid future
Let's go

Embraced in deep love and the efforts of people all over the world
Now is the time to overcome, to bring peace
We gathered for love and I hope to fulfil that desire
The time has come to fight and overcome our unhappiness

To COVID-19 that stands in our way
I say Disappear from this earth
We shall fight
We shall fight this terrible monster

Now is the time for people all over the world to stand up
My deep gratitude goes to all those who are already fighting.

Revolutionist of the world by the Art
From Yayoi Kusama

Kusama’s Peep Show or Endless Love Show, 1966. Hexagonal mirrored room and electric lights. Installed at Castellane Gallery, New York, 1966. 

Kusama in her Tokyo studio. Image courtesy of Phillips.

Kusama with Pumpkin (2010)Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo, Singapore, Shanghai; Victoria Miro, London; David Zwirner, New York

Artist Yayoi Kusama next to her Dot Car, 1965, still from the documentary Kusama – InfinityPhotography: Harrie Verstappen. Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

Yayoi Kusama, "Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity," 2009. Collection of the artist. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore; Victoria Miro, London; David Zwirner, New York. © Yayoi Kusama


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