Kiev, 6 March 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).
Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is working on a new work for the first Kiev Biennial, which will take place between 24 May and 31 July 2012. Well-known American artist Paul MacCarthy is also creating a work specifically for the event.
Yayoi Kusama has been commissioned to create a tunnel scattered with bulbous pink and black forms. The work will be done in a similar vein to those produced by the artist in the 1960s, and of her 2010 work Footprints of Life.
Paul McCarthy’s The King (2006-2011), a silicone sculpture depicts the artist naked. David Elliot, the artistic director at the Kiev Biennial ascribed the self portrait’s particular significance, “Shown in Kiev, this is a work that can dissect the false heroism of a Socialist Realist past as well as depict the vainglorious mess in which we all find ourselves today”, said Mr Elliot.
The two installations will be exhibited at the Mystetskyi Arsenal, a former military base which is being redeveloped with the aim of becoming one of the largest cultural institutions in Europe. The former military building turned public museum is due to open its doors in October 2014.