Yayoi Kusama – Getting things spot on
Yayoi Kusama truly is an interesting artist. For more than six decades she has fascinated people with her unique abstract art. MTAB were given the prestigious task of coordinating and transporting her biggest and perhaps final European tour around the Nordic countries.
Age has had little impact on Yayoi Kusama. At 87, she is as productive as ever, painting every day from dawn until dusk. She produces an average of four pieces a day. For Kusama, art is more than just a calling. It is a way for her to survive. Since her early childhood she has suffered from hallucinations in the form of spots and surreal patterns. Art is the tool she uses to try and make sense of her inner world. Stylistically her work falls somewhere between painting and sculpture in an artistic mix, with clear design elements and influences from the East and the West.
“Kusama is a major artist and one of our biggest assignments to date. A very sought after and acclaimed icon who is more relevant than ever and who is now seriously becoming part of art history,”
The In Infinity travelling exhibition is the first retrospective of her work, displaying pieces from the 1950s right through to today. With more than 130 pieces on loan from Japan, Europe and the US, the exhibition is the largest presentation of her art in Scandinavia.
“We are very proud and grateful to be part of this fantastic exhibition, which has been seen by more than 500,000 people here in Scandinavia,”
Via our network of agencies, we assembled Kusama’s work from all corners of the world. There are pieces on loan from Japan, England, Switzerland, France, Holland and Germany. First they were transported to Humlebeck, where the exhibition premiered in September. The sizeable exhibition then had to be transported to Oslo in four climate-controlled, articulated lorries. After which we shipped the exhibition from Oslo to Stockholm, and then on to Helsinki, where the exhibition will remain until January. After that the pieces will be returned to their various owners.
The reason we were given the honour of managing a task of this magnitude is mainly due to our wide international network of contacts and the long-standing, excellent working relationships we have with our clients.
“We always do our utmost to be a name that people associate with expertise and dependability. We now have offices and staff in all of the Nordic countries. This is an important detail which also means that a high level of quality can be maintained throughout the entire project,”