Friday Lens Affair 144

Yayoi Kusama Exhibition, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen

Today I’m featuring a quirky photograph from Yayoi Kusama exhibition in Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen. Taken by Adam Groffman from Travels of Adam Blog.

Adam Groffman is a travel writer and blogger based in Berlin, Germany. He’s the author of a popular series of Hipster City Guides. He regularly writes about arts, culture, nightlife and LGBT issues around the world.

I think he is the only other blogger I know who love Tel Aviv and Berlin as much as me, therefore you should not hesitate to follow him on Twitter and Instagram for more great pictures and stories.

Photo Story: Yayoi Kusama Exhibition 

In December I visited the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art just outside of Copenhagen. The museum regularly hosts unique and interesting international art exhibitions.

Upon stepping into the show featuring works by Yayoi Kusama, I was immediately transported into a whole new world.

Yayoi Kusama’s works, spanning decades, feature fantastical worlds built out of in-room exhibitions. I was almost sad while walking through her world.

There was a strangeness to her art, but also a familiarity.

Popular motifs in her work include pumpkins, polka dots and colour. So many colours! Over the course of an afternoon, I felt transported to a different place and time walking through her art.

For me, museums can be these eye-opening experiences where you can see and learn about different things, but this exhibition by Yayoi Kusama was so much more than that — I felt like I was living and breathing in another world.

It was a real experience, to be transported by art. One I’ll never forget.

Many museums are stiff and strangely dry, with no humidity. Barriers prevent us from deviating from the curator’s path.

Glass traps the paintings permanently in their frames – an invisible barrier preventing us from ever getting close to the art. From touching it, feeling it, licking it. Docents and guards constantly surveying us.

Stopping us from taking photos, or using selfie sticks, or of talking too loud. Museums have too many rules.

And they’ve made our art boring. But that just wasn’t the case with this series of works. You were meant to touch, to feel, to be there.

The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is an art museum located on the shore of the Øresund Sound in Humlebæk, Denmark.

It is the most visited art museum in Denmark, and has an extensive permanent collection of modern and contemporary art, dating from World War II to the present day.

The museum is also acknowledged as a milestone in modern Danish architecture, and is noted for its synthesis of art, architecture, and landscape.

Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese contemporary artist who works primarily in sculpture and installation, but is also active in painting, performance, film, fashion, poetry, fiction, and other arts.

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18 thoughts on “Friday Lens Affair 144

  1. His work looks amazing. So fun and colorful… I love the retro feeling.

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  2. Kristi

    That exhibit definitely has a retro feel. I love all the colors – very cool!

  3. I love Adam’s description of the exhibition. I’ve pinned it to my Art board. I’m not sure I would want to lick any public art though!
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  4. Shes one of my fave artist! Her works are amazing like these girls!
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  5. I agree. That Yayoi Kusama piece is quirky. Neat effect as some of the polkadots look like they’re hanging in mid-air.
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  6. Brooke of Passport Couture

    Interesting to hear how you felt transformed and immersed in Yayoi Kusama’s world. After seeing the vibrant colors and patterns from your photo, I’d love to experience this on my own!
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  7. It looks like a fascinating exhibit. I love how you described it as well.

  8. We love interactive exhibits. You’re right, they make it so much more meaningful. #mondayescapes

    • It is always more fun when you can interact, but that is only possible with contemporary art :)
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  9. That museum sounds interesting, and a must take trip! Thanks for linking up with let’s Get Real.

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