Londoners, Here’s Your Chance to Win a Yayoi Kusama Room in Your Home

Is this coolest competition ever?

Yayoi Kusama. Photo: © Yayoi Kusama; Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo /Singapore; Victoria Miro, London; David Zwirner, New York; KUSAMA Enterprise.
Yayoi Kusama. Photo: © Yayoi Kusama; Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo /Singapore; Victoria Miro, London; David Zwirner, New York; KUSAMA Enterprise.

Do you like Yayoi Kusama’s work? Are you currently renting out a room in Greater London? If so, you are about to get very excited, because the biggest artist in the world has teamed up with Tate Modern and Aibnb to create one of the most amazing competitions we’ve ever heard of.

Kusama’s latest project will take place inside an apartment of one incredibly lucky London-based Airbnb host, whose property will get spruced up by one of the most expensive artists in the world, for free.

Installation by Yayoi Kusama.Photo: Lucy Dawkins, Tate Photography; © Yayoi Kusama; Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo /Singapore; Victoria Miro, London; David Zwirner, New York; KUSAMA Enterprise.

Installation by Yayoi Kusama. Photo: Lucy Dawkins, Tate Photography; © Yayoi Kusama; Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo /Singapore; Victoria Miro, London; David Zwirner, New York; KUSAMA Enterprise.

Considering how much money many guests would be willing to pay to spend the night in a Kusama-designed room, this prize pretty much amounts to winning the (art) lottery.

There are currently no further details as to what the actual design for the chosen bedroom will look like, but the Japanese artist is well-known for her polka-dot and mirror environments (her oft-instagrammed Infinity Room being the most famous one), so it is safe to say that the room will look amazing and colorful.

Obliteration Room by Yayoi Kusama. Photo: © Yayoi Kusama; Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo /Singapore; Victoria Miro, London; David Zwirner, New York; KUSAMA Enterprise.

Obliteration Room by Yayoi Kusama. Photo: © Yayoi Kusama; Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo /Singapore; Victoria Miro, London; David Zwirner, New York; KUSAMA Enterprise.

Prospective winners have until tonight, 11:59 p.m. British Summer Time to enter their details on the Tate’s website. The winner will be notified on Thursday.

This unique competition has been launched to celebrate the opening of the new Tate Modern next month, and the prize also includes tickets for the winner and a friend to attend the opening party of the museum’s extension on June 16.

It also coincides with Kusama’s forthcoming exhibition at Victoria Miro Gallery in London, in which the 87-year-old artist will exhibit a set of new sculptures, paintings, and mirror room installations.

Installation by Yayoi Kusama.Photo: Lucy Dawkins, Tate Photography; © Yayoi Kusama; Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo /Singapore; Victoria Miro, London; David Zwirner, New York; KUSAMA Enterprise.

Installation by Yayoi Kusama. Photo: Lucy Dawkins, Tate Photography; © Yayoi Kusama; Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo /Singapore; Victoria Miro, London; David Zwirner, New York; KUSAMA Enterprise.

Although this competition is pretty unique, the use of Airbnb rooms for artistic purposes is becoming more and more prevalent.

In February, coinciding with its exhibition “Van Gogh’s Bedrooms,” the Art Institute of Chicago recreated the room that the legendary artist inhabited in Arles, and listed the property on Airbnb.

That same month, and coinciding with a show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Marcel Broodthaers Society of America offered a studio apartment through Airbnb “in honor of the great Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers” which contained a small archive of memorabilia related to the artist’s career.


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