Yuen Yung Lee   Graphic designer from Hong Kong currently based in Tokyo.

Yayoi Kusama: 1945 to Now

The largest retrospective of the artist in Asia outside Japan.

Creative Direction

Featuring more than 200 works, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, and archival material, this exhibition surveys Kusama’s career from the earliest drawings she made as a teenager during World War II to her most recent immersive art pieces. Organised chronologically and thematically, the retrospective guides visitors through Kusama’s career-long creative pouring divided into major themes: Infinity, Accumulation, Radical Connectivity, Biocosmic​, Death, and Force of Life.

The exhibition identity draws upon the sense of vitality present in Kusama’s biomorphic works. At the core of the visual identity are a series of custom organic orbs used as holding shapes for wall text and imagery. Each holding shape is customised depending on content and allowable space. Similar to the fluid forms in Kusama’s work, the orbs travel across the exhibition and “overgrows” its surrounding environment. The orbs become familiar motifs as visitors walk through the exhibit.

All photography are treated in a duotone that blends in naturally with the room. For certain supergraphics, photos are treated in a halftone to emphasise their archival quality. Halftone treatment also matches well with the rounded forms of the visual identity. Typographically, text are treated in a staggered format to mimic the fluid forms. Sunset Gothic was intentionally chosen as the English typeface due to its gestures that are reminiscent of biomorphic qualities. Noto Sans was an ideal CJK choice that bridges Chinese and Japanese content.

Creative Direction are done in collaboration with M+ Museum’s in-house team.

Image courtesy of M+ Museum

Image courtesy of M+ Museum
Image courtesy of M+ Museum

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