Infinite Sparkles Emerge in Yayoi Kusama’s New, Swarovski-Embellished Installation in Austria

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Wattens, Austria might not have the same art world cache as Basel or London, but the sleepy mountain town has a new superstar artist to now call it home. Most known for her immersive, nearly transcendental Room series, Yayoi Kusama’s newest work, The Chandelier of Grief, invites visitors to sit beneath an unending sky of bling—a glittery spectacle created through the continuous reflection and refraction of light through crystals and mirror.

Featuring a Swarovski chandelier as its central device, The Chandelier of Grief is on view at crystal house’s Kristallwelten, a museum of sorts that explores the artistic possibilities of the stone and houses works from the likes of Keith Haring and Andy Warhol. Kusama’s opening times with the unveiling of Swarovski’s long-awaited Manufaktur atelier, a multifaceted space adjacent to the Kristallwelten that contains its studio, showroom, and fashion and jewelry archives, where gems like customized Air Force 1s are stored beside tiaras for the Viennese Opera Ball.

Born in 1929 Japan, Kusama studied at the Kyoto School of Arts and Crafts before moving to New York where she was a major force for the ’60s avant-garde and pop-art scenes. In the decades since, the artist has revolutionized sculpture, painting, performance art, and fashion collaborations through her surrealistic vision that implodes the everyday with fantasy. In The Chandelier of Grief, Swarovski has not only found an opening attraction but also a victory for the visual experience.

The Chandelier of Grief is now on view at Swarovski Kristallwelten in Wattens, Austria.

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