Interactive work by Yayoi Kusama offers fun for the whole family

Inaugurated last Sunday at Tate Modern, visitation to Kusama's work is free and engages the whole family

Instalação Obliteration Room, de Yayoi Kusama.
Installation Obliteration Room, by Yayoi Kusama.

An interactive work by the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama arrives at Tate Modern to engage and entertain the whole family. Titled Obliteration Room (Obliteration Room), the installation consists of an entire white room, with white walls and white floors and ceilings. This room is entirely occupied by white furniture and objects. 

When the visitor arrives at the space, they will find available a card of colored dot stickers of different sizes, developed according to the specifics imposed by the artist. The public is then invited to paste the stickers around the room, anywhere, following any logic they have thought of or none at all. The room, previously flooded by the density of white, is filled with points of color, which gradually engulf it as it collects visitors. 

The work, despite being fun and interactive, is an unequivocal synthesis of the work of the renowned artist who created it. Kusama is known for her colorful dots, for covering figures and entire surfaces with them and it is, for her, a way of seeing the world since her most incipient works. Born in 1929, Kusama has explained on a few occasions that this “pattern of colored dots” was initiated by a hallucination that she reports having had as a child.

One day, as she was walking through a field of flowers, the flowers began to talk to her and turned into infinite colored dots around her, so that she felt herself disappearing among them, or as she says, she felt “obliterate herself.” ”. Later, she would say that “our Earth is just a point among millions of stars in the cosmos. Colorful dots are a path to infinity. When we obliterate nature and our bodies with dots, we become part of the unity of our environment.” 

THE Obliteration Room by Kusama was created by the artist in 2002 and has since been installed in the most diverse institutions around the world. In 2014, she reached the CCBB and received thousands of visitors next to the artist's other installation, the room Infinity Mirrors (Infinite Mirrors).


Obliteration Room 

Location: Tate Modern 

Address: Bankside London SE1 9TG

Date: From July 23rd to August 29th, 2022. 

Opening hours: Every day from 10am to 6pm. 

Ticket: Free

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