Dancing Pumpkin sculpture in New York by artist Yayoi Kusama

Eight key collaborations and projects by contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama

Following Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's latest collaboration with fashion brand Louis Vuitton, we have collected eight projects and collaborations featuring her trademark colourful polka dots.

At almost 94 years old, Kusama is widely considered to be one of the world's most successful living artists, with a portfolio ranging from installations, sculptures and performance art to fashion, painting and video.

For decades, she has placed repetitive dots at the centre of her projects, which often refer to the hallucinations and visions that she has experienced since her youth.

From garments and design products to installations that have travelled around the world, here are eight of Kusama's key projects:


A large-scale sculpture of Yayoi Kusama mimics the act of painting in a decorated Louis Vuitton store
Kusama has designed the interior of a number of Louis Vuitton stores. Photo is courtesy of Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton collaboration

Louis Vuitton marked the launch of a capsule collection designed together with Kusama this month with various bold installations at Louis Vuitton stores across the globe, which have been redecorated to reflect the artist's signature bold style.

An inflatable replica of Kusama was placed peering over the roof of Paris' polka-dot-clad Champs-Élysées store, while a large-scale sculpture of the artist was positioned next to oversized mirrored balls at a pop-up outlet in Tokyo.

A life-like animatronic robot of Kusama was inserted into a New York shop window on Fifth Avenue, which playfully paints her famous spots onto the glass for onlookers to see.

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Yayoi Kusama's polka dot trees in New York
Photo is by Robert Benson Photography

Kusama: Cosmic Nature

A park-wide exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden featured trees wrapped in spotty red and white polyester, which were tightly held together by bungee cords and metal staples.

Dancing Pumpkin (main image) is an abstract-shaped bronze sculpture characterised by black and yellow polka dots that was placed on a walkway for visitors to interact with.

The artist also poured 1,400 mirrored steel balls into a pond, which forms part of Narcissus Garden – an ongoing project that began in 1966.

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Spotty skateboards by Yayoi Kusama for MoMA
Photo is courtesy of Yayoi Kusama

The Dots Skateboards

The artist applied her iconic spots to a series of hand-painted skateboard decks, which she sold at the MoMA Design Store in New York in collaboration with the museum.

Available in two colourways – red and white and black and yellow – the wooded decks were painted on their undersides by Kusama, who alternated between small and larger polka dots for the designs.

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Yayoi Kusama plasters red dots across Philip Johnson's Glass House
Photo is by Matthew Placek

Dots Obsession – Alive, Seeking for Eternal Hope

The late architect Philip Johnson's self-designed 1940s home, Glass House, features a rectilinear structure and glass walls that are commonly associated with modernist residences.

Kusama completed a month-long intervention at the home, which is now a museum and gallery. The artist stuck hundreds of red dots on the building's facade, based on the idea that the project would allow visitors to "see the world through the eyes" of Kusama and Johnson simultaneously.

An iteration of Narcissus Garden was also installed at the site.

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Yayoi Kusama collaboration with Louis Vuitton in 2012
Image is courtesy of Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton collaboration

Giant perforated lamps formed the backdrop for this concept store at Selfridges, which displayed the first garment and accessory collection by Kusama and Louis Vuitton in 2012.

To design the collection, the fashion brand drew inspiration from a recent Tate Modern exhibition of Kusama's work. Various bags and clothing, such as a plastic trench coat, were covered with colourful arrangements of the artist's iconic polka-dots.

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Pumpkin sculpture on pier by Yayoi Kusama
Image is courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

Pumpkin sculpture

Simply titled Pumpkin, this sculpture stood on the end of a pier at the Benesse Art Site on Naoshima Island in Kusama's native Japan, before it was swept into the sea following a typhoon last August.

The black and yellow polka-dotted pumpkin is widely considered to be one of the country's most recognisable artworks. It was fractured into pieces following the tropical storm and is currently in the process of being repaired.


Rockaway 2018! by Yayoi Kusama
Photo is by Pablo Enriquez

Narcissus Garden on Rockaway Peninsula

In 2018, Kusama transported her Narcissus Garden project to a hurricane-damaged train garage on New York's Rockaway Peninsula where 1,500 mirrored balls formed a dramatic installation.

The orb-like sculptures contrasted with the derelict site, which had been left to ruin and then suffered further decay after Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

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Yayoi Kusama Infinity Rooms
Image is courtesy of The Broad

Infinity Mirror Rooms

Like Narcissus Garden, the artist's Infinity Mirror Rooms is an interactive project by Kusama with various iterations that have been installed in locations around the world, including The Broad in Los Angeles.

The Rooms are small boxes flanked by mirrors that extend to the floors and ceilings, which reflect hundreds of LED lights to create visual trickery.

While on display at The Broad, the museum imposed a 30-second "selfie rule" on visitors to avoid people spending too long photographing the installation and causing queues.