Yayoi Kusama has revolutionized the art world with his unique philosophy and creative practice, which encompasses installation, painting, sculpture, fashion design and occasional writing. Since its beginnings in the 1960s, her work rivals the legacies of Matisse and Picasso, while paving the way for women artists around the world: a simple look at her successful exhibition. Infinity Mirrored Room – Filled with the glow of life is the proof. Currently on display at Tate Modern, the sold-out installation is one of the most popular shows of the past decade, with endless queues to get a glimpse into Kusama’s vision of thinking and its multifaceted significance.
This theme of reflection is highlighted in his latest project, a collaboration with Widow Clicquot, in which the artist pays homage to âthe great ladyâ of Madame Clicquot champagne. Similar to Kusama’s impact on the art world, Madame Clicquot shaped the future of entrepreneurship and shattered her own glass ceilings. To celebrate its legacy, Veuve Clicquot launched its latest vintage champagne, La Grande Dame 2012, with Kusama as the bottle’s designer and a handpicked line of designers championing the message behind it.
Originally released in 2020, the limited edition La Grande Dame bottle and gift set were created exclusively for the brand by Kusama, whose signature polka dot pattern is cleverly reimagined as champagne bubbles in the artwork. The design also includes an opulent flower which symbolizes life energy, love and the celebration of life which is articulated in a special poem written by Kusama in which marks his second homage to Madame Clicquot – the first came in 2006 , when the artist relaunched the original portrait of the Frenchwoman for a charity auction in Tokyo.
At the heart of this collaboration is a message of love, light and positivity taken up by the accompanying âInspiration in Bloomâ series. This is the second chapter of this powerful project and sees Veuve Clicquot invite six creative talents from around the world to advance a message of optimism. Each of the talents – made up of an exciting roster comprising artists, dancers, actors, models and content creators – express their personal visions while setting their intentions for the coming year by answering the question “what?” is your flowering intention? “
“Love fiercely, give graciously, create relentlessly, whether in flight or downhill,” says Shini Park, CSM graduate, born in Seoul and based in London and Warsaw, who is the founding director of the digital workshop Cube and “the digital playground and the annual fashion and visual arts book series” Cabin. For Seattle-born Cirque du Soleil alumnus Mark Tyus, who plays The Trickster in his Kooza show and has already collaborated with people like FKA branches and Sia, the future is to achieve “a true interconnection beyond differences and borders” and to create “a daring dance community that supports, encourages and inspires a new generation of visionaries â.
Tyus’ vision is underscored by Japanese singer, model and actor described as “the pop idol of the misfits”, Kom I, who released her EP TREASURE OF YAKUSHIMA in 2019. His “flourishing intention” is for collective greatness. âMay a brilliant season come to all of us next year,â she said hopefully. Meanwhile, “uniqueness in all its manifestations” is what Argentinian model, influencer and street style star Candela Pelizza – who has worked with Loewe and Louis Vuitton, among other luxury brands – focuses on. And for dreamy LA photographer and content creator Sisilia Piring, the future is just as bright: “My fulfilling wish is to spread light, inspiration and optimism.”
The words of each creation align with Kusama’s larger message of a future shaped by joy and positivity. New York-based Canadian multidisciplinary artist Chloe Wise, who is best known for her food-based works, which have been on display at the Warhol Museum and Art Basel Miami Beach, sums it up with her take on what’s to come. : âI don’t know the future, but I can’t wait to meet him.
La Grande Dame x Yayoi Kusama by Veuve Clicquot is available now, go here to find out more.