What do the two most famous women of Japanese modern art and vintage French champagne have in common?
A good deal, according to Veuve Clicquot, the grand French champagne maison that this year teamed with the nonagenerian artist Yayoi Kusama for its limited-edition La Grande Dame 2012.
Despite living 150 years apart, both Madame Clicquot and Kusama share many traits, including a rebellious streak. Clicquot was a 27-year-old widow when she took over the business after her husband died in 1805. Kusama left from Japan to conquer New York’s 1960s art scene at age 28, and was a pioneer in immersive artistic experiences, such as her famed “Infinity Rooms” that allow viewers’ bodies and minds to become integral parts of the work.
This isn’t the first time the two women meet. Back in 2006, for a charity auction in Tokyo, Yayoi Kusama reinterpreted an original portrait of Madame Clicquot with her now-iconic polka dots pattern. Today, the dialogue continues between the House and the artist with the new collaboration titled “My Heart That Blooms in The Darkness of The Night”, in which the artist and Veuve Clicquot’s creative universes mix together in a daring and optimistic collaboration.
To celebrate the partnership, Kusama has penned down a poem also titled “My Heart That Blooms in the Darkness of the Night”.
My Heart That Blooms
in the Darkness of the Night
From all my heart,
the life of flowers flew away.
My everlasting affection for the flowers,
flew off beyond the universe
to show its vitality,
to gaze at the extremes of life.
– Yayoi Kusama
© Yayoi Kusama
(All images: Veuve Clicquot)
This story first appeared in Prestige Hong Kong.