You, Me and the Balloons at Factory International

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You, Me and the Balloons
Yayoi Kusama and Dots Obsession, 1996-2011 Installation (Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo). Image courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Victoria Miro and David Zwirner.

You, Me and the Balloons at Factory International, Castlefield, 29 June–28 August 2023, from £7.50 - Book now

Yayoi Kusama’s You, Me and the Balloons celebrates three decades of Kusama’s spectacular inflatable artworks, which are brought together for the first time in this major exhibition. This striking exhibition is the first event to be announced for Manchester International Festival 2023.

Created especially for Manchester’s newest cultural space, Factory International (due to open in June 2023), Yayoi Kusama – You, Me and the Balloons is the renowned Japanese contemporary artist’s largest ever immersive collection of work. Featuring works that are over 10 metres tall and taking full advantage of the new venue’s vast warehouse space, the exhibition will invite visitors to take an exhilarating journey through Kusama’s psychedelic creations including giant dolls, spectacular tendrilled landscapes and a vast constellation of polka-dot spheres.

A global phenomenon, Kusama is adored for her surreal world of dots and pumpkins amongst other artistic motifs. Her hallucinatory paintings, sculptures, and immersive environments, such as her Infinity Mirror Rooms, take us beyond ourselves and make us feel part of something greater.

Priority booking for Factory International members from 10:00 am on 4 October 2022. Tickets are on general release from 10:00 am on 6 October 2022.

You, Me and the Balloons at Factory International, Castlefield

29 June–28 August 2023
From £7.50

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