Last chance to see: Bronze Pumpkins by Yayoi Kusama

For adults, Halloween now feels like a distant memory, but if your kids, like mine, are still mourning the loss of their carefully crafted pumpkins to the composter, then this one is for you!

Standing proud in the peaceful water garden of Victoria Miro and ready to dwarf your little ones, are three incredible bronze pumpkins by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.

It’s been two years since Kusama graced this space with her magical Narcissus Garden of shiny mirrored balls, and now, overlooking the remnants of that installation is the largest work she has ever created in this material.

To say that Kusama is a pumpkin enthusiast is an understatement. The fruit has featured heavily in the artist’s work since the seventies, and her love of its hardiness and unpretentious qualities are well represented by this humble installation at a hidden-gem of a London gallery.

Whilst you’re there: Kids will marvel at Wangechi Mutu’s incredible collages on the ground floor. If you head next door (and upstairs) to Gallery II you’ll also be treated to impressive views across London.

The gallery is a short walk from Upper Street, Islington, which is packed to the rafters with family-friendly restaurants and cafes.

You might also like: Little Angel Puppet Theatre – Once a derelict temperance hall, this magical theatre plays host to a range of unique productions suitable for adults and children of all ages.

Bronze Pumpkins by Yayoi Kusama is at Victoria Miro until 19th December 2014, Admission free.


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