Celebrating the work of a great Japanese artist

A day of Yayoi Kusama-inspired installations and workshops

Image: © Yayoi Kusama, courtesy Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc

Over the past two months many have flocked to the much-praised – and highly patterned – Yayoi Kusama retrospective at London’s Tate Modern (until June 5). Now Louis Vuitton, a label with an equally pattern-orientated disposition, is joining forces with the gallery to pay tribute to the Japanese artist’s work with a day of digital installations and workshops on Saturday March 24.

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It’s being held at Tate Modern in collaboration with Louis Vuitton’s Young Arts Project, which includes ReCreativeUK.com – an online art space for young people created in conjunction with top London galleries, including the Hayward and the Whitechapel. The focal point will be The Hello Cube, a digital box devised by creative duo Pete Hellicar and Joel Gethin Lewis and inspired by Kusama’s infinity installation The Passing Winter (pictured). It is set up to respond to social-media activity, meaning commands tweeted @TheHelloCube will trigger it. So, for example, tweeting “red sparkles” will set off a sparkling red pattern in the cube. Those who participate will be sent images of their design in action.

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There will also be Kusama-inspired nail art from Boom Nails’ Emma Zentner, sets by London-based DJ Actress and Glasgow’s Koreless, and – for those aged 15-25 – a competition to create a Kusama-inspired work. The author of the winning piece, chosen by the Project, will be offered a trip to meet Kusama at her studio in Tokyo later this year.

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