Yayoi Kusama's Tulip with All My Love at MoCA Shanghai's A Dream I Dreamed exhibition.

- Throughout its opening weekend at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) in Shanghai, A Dream I Dreamed – Yayoi Kusama attracted an enormous crowd, becoming the talk of the town as well as one of the museum’s most popular exhibitions in recent years. This phenomenal success indicates the passion and curiosity Kusama excites in the younger Chinese generation. Among other Chinese, however, she is probably best known for her crossover collection with the French luxury-goods brand Louis Vuitton – an example of her deft self-reinvention in a new age by extending her concepts of the infinite network and self-cancellation from New York in the 1950’s to every corner of the world in the 21st century.

Yayoi Kusama's pumpkins at MoCA Shanghai's A Dream I Dreamed exhibition.

A Dream I Dreamed is the first pan-Asian traveling exhibition by Kusama, one of the foremost contemporary artists from Japan. Unlike her solo exhibitions in Europe and the U.S., A Dream I Dreamed does not include her important early works, but it does comprehensively showcase her works from recent years and demonstrate this 84-year-old artist’s stunning, undiminished creative energy. The highlights are a group of large-scale installations, including the monumental sculpture entitled Tulip with All My Love created specifically for this exhibition, a group of sculptures of pumpkins, and several absorbing installations and paintings. A Dream I Dreamed opened in mid-December, 2013 at MoCA Shanghai and will be on view there through March 30, 2014 before touring several Asian cities. It is an exhibition to look forward to.

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