The work which had been exhibited since 1994 on a pontoon belonging to the contemporary art museum of the city of Naoshima has been swept away by the passage of a terrible typhoon.

Art Shortlist
by Art Shortlist - August 10, 2021

A very sad news just after the Tokyo Olympic Games

On this amateur video relayed by AD Magazine we can see the famous pumpkin of Yayoi Kusama washed away and partially destroyed.

The museum of Naoshima confirmed: the yellow pumpkin with black polka dots of the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama was washed away on Monday by a violent typhoon that hit the island off Okayama, located in southern Honshu in Japan

On social networks, the Benesse Art Site Naoshima said: "The work was damaged by Typhoon No. 9. We will inform you when it will be possible to exhibit it again."

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Wind and swell

Typhoon number 9 hit the archipelago from south to north as of Sunday. Its passage brought wind gusts of more than 100km/h and large waves.

Kusama's pumpkin, which was displayed on a pier on the waterfront, did not resist the onslaught of the raging elements.

The work had been installed in 1994

This iconic sculpture of Yayoi Kusama had already had to be sheltered during previous storms as in 2019 during the storm Krosa. This time the typhoon took everyone by storm...

The work before the typhoon

According to some reports, the sculpture was completely destroyed by the storm, a information that has not yet been confirmed by Benesse Art Site Naoshima.