Yayoi Kusama’s “Yellow Pumpkin” To Stay Away From Art Festival

TAKAMATSU — Officials of an international art festival have scrapped plans to reinstall Yayoi Kusama’s “Yellow Pumpkin” which was swept away by a typhoon last year, said the education-linked company that owns the artwork.

The iconic piece, originally installed on the shore of Naoshima Island in Kagawa Prefecture, will not be available for the spring session of the Setouchi Triennale art festival scheduled for April 14 to May 18, according to Benesse. Holdings Inc.

In fact, there is no immediate prospect of reinstalling the pumpkin created by one of Japan’s leading avant-garde artists, the company added.

Measuring 2 meters high and 2.5 meters wide and made of fiberglass reinforced plastic, the pumpkin had become a symbol of the island since it was installed at the end of a jetty that juts into the sea in 1994.

Strong winds from Typhoon No. 9 threw the pumpkin overboard on the morning of August 9. She crashed several times on the pier.

The heavily damaged piece was recovered and temporarily stored at the Benesse House Museum on the island. He was later handed over to Kusama’s side.

According to a Benesse publicist, no decision has been made as to whether the piece will be restored or if a new one will be built.

Although festival officials concluded that it would be difficult to reinstall the pumpkin during the spring session, they are still looking for ways to put the artwork in place.

“We will continue consultations with affected parties,” the publicist said.


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