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The surreal worlds of Yayoi Kusama

Installation of a large inflatable mannequin depicting Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama peers over the Louis Vuitton's flagship store at the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, France, January 21, 2023. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Installation of a large inflatable mannequin depicting Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama peers over the Louis Vuitton's flagship store at the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, France, January 21, 2023. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Installation of a large inflatable mannequin depicting Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama peers over the Louis Vuitton's flagship store at the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, France, January 21, 2023. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
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Installation of a large inflatable mannequin depicting Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama peers over the Louis Vuitton's flagship store at the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, France, January 21, 2023. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Installation of a large inflatable mannequin depicting Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama peers over the Louis Vuitton's flagship store at the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, France, January 21, 2023. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Installation of a large inflatable mannequin depicting Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama peers over the Louis Vuitton's flagship store at the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, France, January 21, 2023. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
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A man visits 'A Retrospective', an exhibition of the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama at the the museum Gropius Bau while coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions continue to ease in Berlin, Germany May 19, 2021.  REUTERS/Annegret Hilse     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

A man visits 'A Retrospective', an exhibition of the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama at the the museum Gropius Bau while coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions continue to ease in Berlin, Germany May 19, 2021. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse TPX IMAGES...more

A man visits 'A Retrospective', an exhibition of the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama at the the museum Gropius Bau while coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions continue to ease in Berlin, Germany May 19, 2021. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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People visit 'A Retrospective', an exhibition of the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama at the the museum Gropius Bau while coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions continue to ease in Berlin, Germany May 19, 2021. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse

People visit 'A Retrospective', an exhibition of the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama at the the museum Gropius Bau while coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions continue to ease in Berlin, Germany May 19, 2021. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse

People visit 'A Retrospective', an exhibition of the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama at the the museum Gropius Bau while coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions continue to ease in Berlin, Germany May 19, 2021. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse
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A woman looks into an installation during a visit at  'A Retrospective', an exhibition of the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama at the museum Gropius Bau while coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions continue to ease in Berlin, Germany May 19, 2021.  REUTERS/Annegret Hilse

A woman looks into an installation during a visit at 'A Retrospective', an exhibition of the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama at the museum Gropius Bau while coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions continue to ease in Berlin, Germany May 19, 2021. ...more

A woman looks into an installation during a visit at 'A Retrospective', an exhibition of the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama at the museum Gropius Bau while coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions continue to ease in Berlin, Germany May 19, 2021. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse
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People visit 'A Retrospective', an exhibition of the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama at the museum Gropius Bau while coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions continue to ease in Berlin, Germany May 19, 2021.  REUTERS/Annegret Hilse

People visit 'A Retrospective', an exhibition of the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama at the museum Gropius Bau while coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions continue to ease in Berlin, Germany May 19, 2021. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse

People visit 'A Retrospective', an exhibition of the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama at the museum Gropius Bau while coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions continue to ease in Berlin, Germany May 19, 2021. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse
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People visit 'A Retrospective', an exhibition of the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama at the the museum Gropius Bau while coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions continue to ease in Berlin, Germany May 19, 2021.  REUTERS/Annegret Hilse

People visit 'A Retrospective', an exhibition of the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama at the the museum Gropius Bau while coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions continue to ease in Berlin, Germany May 19, 2021. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse

People visit 'A Retrospective', an exhibition of the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama at the the museum Gropius Bau while coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions continue to ease in Berlin, Germany May 19, 2021. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse
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Yayoi Kusama's "Love Flies Up to the Sky" balloon is seen during the 94th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade closed to the spectators due to the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., November 26, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Yayoi Kusama's "Love Flies Up to the Sky" balloon is seen during the 94th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade closed to the spectators due to the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., November 26, 2020....more

Yayoi Kusama's "Love Flies Up to the Sky" balloon is seen during the 94th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade closed to the spectators due to the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., November 26, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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Assistants carry Yayoi Kusama's "Love Flies Up to the Sky" balloon during the 94th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade closed to the spectators due to the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., November 26, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Assistants carry Yayoi Kusama's "Love Flies Up to the Sky" balloon during the 94th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade closed to the spectators due to the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., November 26, 2020....more

Assistants carry Yayoi Kusama's "Love Flies Up to the Sky" balloon during the 94th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade closed to the spectators due to the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., November 26, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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Japanese avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama works on a creation at her studio in Tokyo, Japan September 26, 2017. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Japanese avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama works on a creation at her studio in Tokyo, Japan September 26, 2017. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Japanese avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama works on a creation at her studio in Tokyo, Japan September 26, 2017. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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A tourist stands inside the Infinity Mirrored Room by Yayoi Kusama from the Seeing Through Light  selections from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi collection at the Manarat Al Saadiyat Gallery in Abu Dhabi November 27, 2014. Thanks to oil revenues, the desert nation of seven emirates has been on an art-investing binge for three decades that has, for those with deep pockets, made it the region's prime fine art market. Picture taken November 27, 2014.
REUTERS/Caren Firouz

A tourist stands inside the Infinity Mirrored Room by Yayoi Kusama from the Seeing Through Light selections from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi collection at the Manarat Al Saadiyat Gallery in Abu Dhabi November 27, 2014. Thanks to oil revenues, the...more

A tourist stands inside the Infinity Mirrored Room by Yayoi Kusama from the Seeing Through Light selections from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi collection at the Manarat Al Saadiyat Gallery in Abu Dhabi November 27, 2014. Thanks to oil revenues, the desert nation of seven emirates has been on an art-investing binge for three decades that has, for those with deep pockets, made it the region's prime fine art market. Picture taken November 27, 2014. REUTERS/Caren Firouz
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A tourist uses her phone inside the Infinity Mirrored Room by Yayoi Kusama from the Seeing Through Light selections from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi collection at the Manarat Al Saadiyat Gallery in Abu Dhabi November 27, 2014. Thanks to oil revenues, the desert nation of seven emirates has been on an art-investing binge for three decades that has, for those with deep pockets, made it the region's prime fine art market. Picture taken November 27, 2014.
REUTERS/Caren Firouz

A tourist uses her phone inside the Infinity Mirrored Room by Yayoi Kusama from the Seeing Through Light selections from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi collection at the Manarat Al Saadiyat Gallery in Abu Dhabi November 27, 2014. Thanks to oil revenues,...more

A tourist uses her phone inside the Infinity Mirrored Room by Yayoi Kusama from the Seeing Through Light selections from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi collection at the Manarat Al Saadiyat Gallery in Abu Dhabi November 27, 2014. Thanks to oil revenues, the desert nation of seven emirates has been on an art-investing binge for three decades that has, for those with deep pockets, made it the region's prime fine art market. Picture taken November 27, 2014. REUTERS/Caren Firouz
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A view of an artwork which is part of the "Infinity Obsession" exhibition by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama in Santiago City March 9, 2015. The installation is part of Kusama's first exhibition in Chile which will be open until June 7, 2015, according to organisers. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SOCIETY)

A view of an artwork which is part of the "Infinity Obsession" exhibition by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama in Santiago City March 9, 2015. The installation is part of Kusama's first exhibition in Chile which will be open until June 7, 2015, according...more

A view of an artwork which is part of the "Infinity Obsession" exhibition by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama in Santiago City March 9, 2015. The installation is part of Kusama's first exhibition in Chile which will be open until June 7, 2015, according to organisers. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SOCIETY)
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A view of an artwork which is part of the "Infinity Obsession" exhibition by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama in Santiago City March 9, 2015. The installation is part of Kusama's first exhibition in Chile which will be open until June 7, 2015, according to organisers. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SOCIETY)

A view of an artwork which is part of the "Infinity Obsession" exhibition by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama in Santiago City March 9, 2015. The installation is part of Kusama's first exhibition in Chile which will be open until June 7, 2015, according...more

A view of an artwork which is part of the "Infinity Obsession" exhibition by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama in Santiago City March 9, 2015. The installation is part of Kusama's first exhibition in Chile which will be open until June 7, 2015, according to organisers. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SOCIETY)
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A couple visits an artwork which is part of the "Infinity Obsession" exhibition by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama in Santiago City March 9, 2015. The installation is part of Kusama's first exhibition in Chile which will be open until June 7, 2015, according to organisers. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SOCIETY)

A couple visits an artwork which is part of the "Infinity Obsession" exhibition by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama in Santiago City March 9, 2015. The installation is part of Kusama's first exhibition in Chile which will be open until June 7, 2015,...more

A couple visits an artwork which is part of the "Infinity Obsession" exhibition by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama in Santiago City March 9, 2015. The installation is part of Kusama's first exhibition in Chile which will be open until June 7, 2015, according to organisers. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: SOCIETY)
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A visitor stands next to "Pumpkin 2014" art works by artist Yayoi Kusama during the International Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC) at the Grand Palais in Paris October 22, 2014. The International Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC) will run from October 23 to 26 in the French capital.  REUTERS/Charles Platiau  (FRANCE - Tags: SOCIETY)

A visitor stands next to "Pumpkin 2014" art works by artist Yayoi Kusama during the International Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC) at the Grand Palais in Paris October 22, 2014. The International Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC) will run from October 23 to...more

A visitor stands next to "Pumpkin 2014" art works by artist Yayoi Kusama during the International Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC) at the Grand Palais in Paris October 22, 2014. The International Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC) will run from October 23 to 26 in the French capital. REUTERS/Charles Platiau (FRANCE - Tags: SOCIETY)
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A photographer takes pictures of an installation titled "Infinity Mirrored Room - Filled With the Brilliance of Life" by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama during her exhibition at the Rufino Tamayo museum in Mexico City October 6, 2014. The installation is part of Kusama's first major exhibition in Latin America which will be open until January 18, 2015, according to organisers. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

A photographer takes pictures of an installation titled "Infinity Mirrored Room - Filled With the Brilliance of Life" by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama during her exhibition at the Rufino Tamayo museum in Mexico City October 6, 2014. The installation...more

A photographer takes pictures of an installation titled "Infinity Mirrored Room - Filled With the Brilliance of Life" by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama during her exhibition at the Rufino Tamayo museum in Mexico City October 6, 2014. The installation is part of Kusama's first major exhibition in Latin America which will be open until January 18, 2015, according to organisers. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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A television crew stand at an installation titled "Infinity Mirrored Room - Filled With the Brilliance of Life" by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama during her exhibition at the Rufino Tamayo museum in Mexico City October 6, 2014. The installation is part of Kusama's first major exhibition in Latin America which will be open until January 18, 2015, according to organisers. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT MEDIA)

A television crew stand at an installation titled "Infinity Mirrored Room - Filled With the Brilliance of Life" by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama during her exhibition at the Rufino Tamayo museum in Mexico City October 6, 2014. The installation is part...more

A television crew stand at an installation titled "Infinity Mirrored Room - Filled With the Brilliance of Life" by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama during her exhibition at the Rufino Tamayo museum in Mexico City October 6, 2014. The installation is part of Kusama's first major exhibition in Latin America which will be open until January 18, 2015, according to organisers. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT MEDIA)
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An installation titled "I'm here, but Nothing" by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is seen during her exhibition at the Rufino Tamayo museum in Mexico City October 6, 2014. The installation is part of Kusama's first major exhibition in Latin America which will be open until January 18, 2015, according to organisers. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT)

An installation titled "I'm here, but Nothing" by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is seen during her exhibition at the Rufino Tamayo museum in Mexico City October 6, 2014. The installation is part of Kusama's first major exhibition in Latin America...more

An installation titled "I'm here, but Nothing" by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is seen during her exhibition at the Rufino Tamayo museum in Mexico City October 6, 2014. The installation is part of Kusama's first major exhibition in Latin America which will be open until January 18, 2015, according to organisers. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT)
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An installation titled "Infinity Mirror Room - Phallis Field" by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is seen during her exhibition at the Rufino Tamayo museum in Mexico City October 6, 2014. The installation is part of Kusama's first major exhibition in Latin America which will be open until January 18, 2015, according to organisers. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT)

An installation titled "Infinity Mirror Room - Phallis Field" by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is seen during her exhibition at the Rufino Tamayo museum in Mexico City October 6, 2014. The installation is part of Kusama's first major exhibition in...more

An installation titled "Infinity Mirror Room - Phallis Field" by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is seen during her exhibition at the Rufino Tamayo museum in Mexico City October 6, 2014. The installation is part of Kusama's first major exhibition in Latin America which will be open until January 18, 2015, according to organisers. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT)
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An installation titled "Infinity Mirror Room - Phallis Field" by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is seen during her exhibition at the Rufino Tamayo museum in Mexico City October 6, 2014. The installation is part of Kusama's first major exhibition in Latin America which will be open until January 18, 2015, according to organisers. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT)

An installation titled "Infinity Mirror Room - Phallis Field" by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is seen during her exhibition at the Rufino Tamayo museum in Mexico City October 6, 2014. The installation is part of Kusama's first major exhibition in...more

An installation titled "Infinity Mirror Room - Phallis Field" by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is seen during her exhibition at the Rufino Tamayo museum in Mexico City October 6, 2014. The installation is part of Kusama's first major exhibition in Latin America which will be open until January 18, 2015, according to organisers. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT)
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People visit the art exhibition 'A Dream I Dreamed' by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Shanghai, March 25, 2014. Kusama was born in Nagano, Japan in 1929, today she is acknowledged as one of the most important living artist of Japan. The exhibition will be open until March 30, 2014.   REUTERS/Carlos Barria  (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

People visit the art exhibition 'A Dream I Dreamed' by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Shanghai, March 25, 2014. Kusama was born in Nagano, Japan in 1929, today she is acknowledged as one of the most important living...more

People visit the art exhibition 'A Dream I Dreamed' by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Shanghai, March 25, 2014. Kusama was born in Nagano, Japan in 1929, today she is acknowledged as one of the most important living artist of Japan. The exhibition will be open until March 30, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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An installation for the art exhibition 'A Dream I Dreamed' by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is seen at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Shanghai, March 25, 2014. Kusama was born in Nagano, Japan in 1929, today she is acknowledged as one of the most important living artist of Japan. The exhibition will be open until March 30, 2014.   REUTERS/Carlos Barria  (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)

An installation for the art exhibition 'A Dream I Dreamed' by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is seen at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Shanghai, March 25, 2014. Kusama was born in Nagano, Japan in 1929, today she is acknowledged as one of the most...more

An installation for the art exhibition 'A Dream I Dreamed' by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is seen at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Shanghai, March 25, 2014. Kusama was born in Nagano, Japan in 1929, today she is acknowledged as one of the most important living artist of Japan. The exhibition will be open until March 30, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)
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Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama (R) sits in a wheelchair next to gallery owner David Zwirmer during a media preview of her new exhibition at the David Zwirner gallery in New York November 7, 2013. The exhibition, titled "I Who Have Arrived in Heaven", features two mirrored rooms, a video installation and over 30 new large-scale paintings highlighting her unique amalgamation of representational and non-representational subject matter. The exhibition runs from November 8 to December 21.   REUTERS/Mike Segar   (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY)

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama (R) sits in a wheelchair next to gallery owner David Zwirmer during a media preview of her new exhibition at the David Zwirner gallery in New York November 7, 2013. The exhibition, titled "I Who Have Arrived in Heaven",...more

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama (R) sits in a wheelchair next to gallery owner David Zwirmer during a media preview of her new exhibition at the David Zwirner gallery in New York November 7, 2013. The exhibition, titled "I Who Have Arrived in Heaven", features two mirrored rooms, a video installation and over 30 new large-scale paintings highlighting her unique amalgamation of representational and non-representational subject matter. The exhibition runs from November 8 to December 21. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY)
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Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama poses for a photograph inside her Infinity Mirrored Room installation titled "The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away" during a media preview of her new exhibition at the David Zwirner gallery in New York November 7, 2013. The exhibition, titled "I Who Have Arrived in Heaven", features two mirrored rooms, a video installation and over 30 new large-scale paintings highlighting her unique amalgamation of representational and non-representational subject matter. The exhibition runs from November 8 to December 21.   REUTERS/Mike Segar   (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY PROFILE TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama poses for a photograph inside her Infinity Mirrored Room installation titled "The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away" during a media preview of her new exhibition at the David Zwirner gallery in New York November 7,...more

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama poses for a photograph inside her Infinity Mirrored Room installation titled "The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away" during a media preview of her new exhibition at the David Zwirner gallery in New York November 7, 2013. The exhibition, titled "I Who Have Arrived in Heaven", features two mirrored rooms, a video installation and over 30 new large-scale paintings highlighting her unique amalgamation of representational and non-representational subject matter. The exhibition runs from November 8 to December 21. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY PROFILE TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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Visitors walk next to inflatable plastic balloons, part of the "Dots Obsession" exhibition created by Japanese pop artist Yayoi Kusama in Rio de Janeiro October 17, 2013. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares(BRAZIL - Tags: SOCIETY)

Visitors walk next to inflatable plastic balloons, part of the "Dots Obsession" exhibition created by Japanese pop artist Yayoi Kusama in Rio de Janeiro October 17, 2013. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares(BRAZIL - Tags: SOCIETY)

Visitors walk next to inflatable plastic balloons, part of the "Dots Obsession" exhibition created by Japanese pop artist Yayoi Kusama in Rio de Janeiro October 17, 2013. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares(BRAZIL - Tags: SOCIETY)
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A girl plays at the "Guidepost to New Space" installation by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama at her exhibition titled "Yayoi Kusama - Obsessions" at the Japan Culture Foundation in Hanoi May 27, 2013. The exhibition is the first one held in Vietnam for Kusama, who is known as the "polka dot queen of avant garde art". It runs till July 28 as part of 40th anniversary celebrations of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Japan. REUTERS/Kham (VIETNAM - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY POLITICS ANNIVERSARY)

A girl plays at the "Guidepost to New Space" installation by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama at her exhibition titled "Yayoi Kusama - Obsessions" at the Japan Culture Foundation in Hanoi May 27, 2013. The exhibition is the first one held in Vietnam for...more

A girl plays at the "Guidepost to New Space" installation by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama at her exhibition titled "Yayoi Kusama - Obsessions" at the Japan Culture Foundation in Hanoi May 27, 2013. The exhibition is the first one held in Vietnam for Kusama, who is known as the "polka dot queen of avant garde art". It runs till July 28 as part of 40th anniversary celebrations of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Japan. REUTERS/Kham (VIETNAM - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY POLITICS ANNIVERSARY)
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"Pumpkin", an artwork by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, is seen in Abu Dhabi Art at Saadiyat island, off the coast of Abu Dhabi November 7, 2012. The annual art fair which showcases modern and contemporary art, opens on Wednesday and runs till November 10. REUTERS/Jumana ElHeloueh (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Tags: SOCIETY)

"Pumpkin", an artwork by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, is seen in Abu Dhabi Art at Saadiyat island, off the coast of Abu Dhabi November 7, 2012. The annual art fair which showcases modern and contemporary art, opens on Wednesday and runs till...more

"Pumpkin", an artwork by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, is seen in Abu Dhabi Art at Saadiyat island, off the coast of Abu Dhabi November 7, 2012. The annual art fair which showcases modern and contemporary art, opens on Wednesday and runs till November 10. REUTERS/Jumana ElHeloueh (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Tags: SOCIETY)
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A visitor looks at inflatable plastic balloons, part of the "Dots Obsession" exhibition created by Japanese pop artist Yayoi Kusama, in Brussels October 30, 2007. Kusama's dots were inspired from her childhood hallucinations and have the ambition to integrate the visitors into her work.  REUTERS/Francois Lenoir   (BELGIUM)

A visitor looks at inflatable plastic balloons, part of the "Dots Obsession" exhibition created by Japanese pop artist Yayoi Kusama, in Brussels October 30, 2007. Kusama's dots were inspired from her childhood hallucinations and have the ambition to...more

A visitor looks at inflatable plastic balloons, part of the "Dots Obsession" exhibition created by Japanese pop artist Yayoi Kusama, in Brussels October 30, 2007. Kusama's dots were inspired from her childhood hallucinations and have the ambition to integrate the visitors into her work. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir (BELGIUM)
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A man climbs out from inside a five-metre wide pumpkin model, an installation art by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, on display in Hong Kong October 9, 2007.    REUTERS/Bobby Yip  (CHINA)

A man climbs out from inside a five-metre wide pumpkin model, an installation art by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, on display in Hong Kong October 9, 2007. REUTERS/Bobby Yip (CHINA)

A man climbs out from inside a five-metre wide pumpkin model, an installation art by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, on display in Hong Kong October 9, 2007. REUTERS/Bobby Yip (CHINA)
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A church tower is reflected in Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama?s work of art "Guidepost To The New World" at the Museo del Carmen in Valencia during the 3rd Biennial of Valencia art festival September 27, 2005. In this year's festival, which will take place from September 24 until November 30, international and national contemporary artists will address the various states, moods and properties of water and explore its possible dialectics under the umbrella of Water, the main theme of the current edition. REUTERS/Heino Kalis PP05090317

A church tower is reflected in Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama?s work of art "Guidepost To The New World" at the Museo del Carmen in Valencia during the 3rd Biennial of Valencia art festival September 27, 2005. In this year's festival, which will take...more

A church tower is reflected in Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama?s work of art "Guidepost To The New World" at the Museo del Carmen in Valencia during the 3rd Biennial of Valencia art festival September 27, 2005. In this year's festival, which will take place from September 24 until November 30, international and national contemporary artists will address the various states, moods and properties of water and explore its possible dialectics under the umbrella of Water, the main theme of the current edition. REUTERS/Heino Kalis PP05090317
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The buildings and land beneath houses had been weakened - geologists, residents and officials say - by the rapid construction in the geologically unstable mountains as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushes to carve roads and rail deep into the Himalayan mountains.

Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney

Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney

Punxsutawney Phil, the weather-forecasting groundhog, emerged from his burrow in Pennsylvania, saw his shadow and predicted six more weeks of winter.

Tens of thousands welcome Pope Francis in Democratic Republic of Congo

Tens of thousands welcome Pope Francis in Democratic Republic of Congo

The pope urged the Congolese people to grant each other a "great amnesty of the heart" and called on any Christians engaged in battle to lay down their arms. Eastern Congo has been plagued by conflict for decades.

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