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  • The obliteration room, 2002-present Collaboration between Yayoi Kusama and Queensland Art Gallery. Commissioned Queensland Art Gallery, Australia. Gift of the artist through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2012

  • Yayoi Kusama’s “The Obliteration Room” installation at David Zwirner Gallery, NY

  • Yayoi Kusama’s “The Obliteration Room” installation at David Zwirner Gallery, NY


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Yayoi Kusama’s “The Obliteration Room” installation at David Zwirner Gallery, NY

A new version of Yayoi Kusama’s legendary installationThe Obliteration Room” has taken over David Zwirner Gallery, New York, as part of her “Give Me Loveexhibition that is on view in two spaces, at 519 and 525 West 19th Street. Marking Kusama’s second exhibition with the gallery, Give Me Love includes new paintings from “My Eternal Soulseries as well as new polka-dotted pumpkin sculptures in metallic hues. But what really steals the spotlight is Kusama’s new version of The Obliteration Room, an installation she first presented in 2002 in collaboration with Queensland Art Gallery, Australia, and which is shown for the first time in the United States. The participatory installation comprises a typical domestic interior, in this case placed into a prefabricated American suburban house, including a fully equipped kitchen, an office and a living room with its couches and bookshelves, all painted in white.

Visitors are given a series of colorful stickers in the form of dots of varying sizes and are asked to place their mark in the room, gradually transforming the space into a frenzy of color. Their intervention alters the sense of depth and volume, creating a new, psychedelic perspective where floors, walls, doors and furniture become one. Both sensory and utopian, The Obliteration Room echoes Kusama’s obsession with dots and her so-called obliteration process that she invented early in her career —a “gradual removal of any trace of something”. Kusama’s installation serves as a creative bridge between the artist, the spectator and the artwork, inviting us to get lost into her hypnotic universe that defies all norms. This very sensation of forming part of a big whole reminds us also of her “Infinity Rooms”, a series of installations made of thousands of small lights that sparkle against a series of mirrored walls, which she presented during her first exhibition at David Zwirner gallery back in 2013, marking one of the biggest hits of her career. Give Me Love will remain on view until June 13, 2015, at David Zwirner Gallery, New York.