Delve into the captivating realm of renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama at the newly inaugurated permanent gallery in Instituto Inhotim, Brazil. Nestled near Brumadinho, this art center boasts one of Latin America’s most extensive collections of contemporary art.
Designed by architects Fernando Makulan (Mach) and Maria Paz (Rizoma), the expansive Galeria Yayoi Kusama spans approximately 1,400 square meters. Open to the public, it showcases around 30 iconic works, including two immersive installations: “I am here, but nothing” (2000) and “Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity” (2009).
Visitors are transported into Kusama’s mesmerizing universe through these immersive installations. One transforms the space into a realm of sensory overload, while the other invites contemplation within an endless room of light and reflection, complementing the iconic Narcissus Garden.
To enhance visitor comfort, the exterior features an elegant waiting area adorned with black rectangular canopies amidst a lush garden of over 4,000 bromeliad plants. Designed for convenience, this oasis reflects the biodiversity of Brazilian tropical forests, providing a serene ambiance for art enthusiasts.
Architects Fernando Maculan and Maria Paz aimed to create a seamless transition from exterior to interior, ensuring a smooth flow of visitors. Landscape design by Giuliano Borin, in collaboration with Bernardo Paz, complements the gallery’s ambiance with a winding stone-paved path, enhancing the overall experience.
Allan Schwartzman, co-founder of Inhotim, underscores the gallery’s significance in offering a unique platform for exploring large-scale art. The Yayoi Kusama Gallery exemplifies Instituto Inhotim’s commitment to fostering artistic exploration and cultural diversity.
Embark on an artistic journey like no other at Galeria Yayoi Kusama, where creativity knows no bounds, and imagination flourishes amidst architectural splendor.