Mosaic by Japanese artist and sculptor Yayoi Kusama is a distinctive feature of the foyer for the La Scène auditorium of the Louvre-Lens, a satellite gallery of the Louvre, Paris, in the industrial city of Lens, northern France, which opens on 12 December 2012. Kusama was commissioned to create a spectacular 200m2 installation of floor glass-mosaics featuring her trademark bright colours, bold patterns and polka dots. The floral mosaics have been laid by hand with 1 x 1cm micro mosaic tiles, incorporating fluorescent, psychedelic hues and colourful shades especially made to match the original artwork. Italian tilemaker Trend, market leader in the production of glass mosaic tiles, employed computer-aided design techniques to create a digital interpretation of the design to bring Kusama’s sketches to life. The tiles met environmental sustainability credentials, made from up to 70% recycled material and glass materials. At the western end of the Louvre-Lens gallery complex, La Scène will host conferences, screenings and live shows in a 300-seat auditorium.
Kusama has been commissioned to create outdoor sculptural commissions, most commonly, large brightly coloured plants and flowers including: Pumpkin, Fukuoka Municipal Museum of Art, 1994; The Visionary Flowers, Matsumoto City Museum of Art, 2004; Tsumari in Bloom, Matsudai Station, Niigata, 2003; Tulipes de Shangri-La, Euralille in Lille, 2003, France; Pumpkin, Bunka-mura, Benesse Island, Naoshima, 2006; Hello, Anyang with Love, Pyeonghwa Park, Anyang, 2007; The Hymn of Life: Tulips, Beverly Gardens Park, Los Angeles, 2007; mural at the Gare do Oriente subway station in Lisbon, 1998; red polka-dot bus, Mizutama Ranbu (Wild Polka Dot Dance), Matsumoto, Japan, 2010; a floor installation, Thousands of Eyes, Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law, Brisbane, 2012
Kusama has been the subject of major exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, and the Tate Museum, London in 2012. Her work includes paintings, collages, soft sculptures, performance art and environmental installations, as well as collaborations with luxury brands Lancôme and Louis Vuitton.