The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen, Illustrated by Yayoi Kusama. Published by the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, May 2016

As a follow-up to a major retrospective exhibition In Infinity with the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929) the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art produced a new illustrated edition of Hans Christian Andersen’s tale The Little Mermaid (1837). The 96 page book is illustrated with works from Kusama’s series Love Forever, which she created in the period 2004-7, as well as a few brand new pictures drawn by the artist for the occasion. The book is being published first in Danish and English, in a translation by Jean Hersholt from 1949, and later this year also in Japanese.

“I want to be a mermaid. I place all my hopes for the future in the mermaid, who is a symbol of all good hearts and of love.” — Yayoi Kusama

“Hans Christian Andersen is a dream born in my heart.” — Kusama on her relationship with the Danish writer

p. 50-51_detail from AFTER THE PARTY, 2005 © LOUISIANA MUSEUM OF MODERN ART & YAYOI KUSAMA, 2016

All illustrations are from the series Love Forever, 2004-2007 © Yayoi Kusama, 2016. Pigment marker and acrylic on canvas, c. 162 x 130 cm / 130 x 162 cm. All images courtesy Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

p. 6-7_ detail from DAYS OF YOUTH, 2007 © LOUISIANA MUSEUM OF MODERN ART & YAYOI KUSAMA, 2016

p. 6-7, detail from Days of Youth, 2007 © Louisiana Museum of Modern Art & Yayoi Kusama, 2016

FLOWERING NEW YORK [OPRT], 2005 © YAYOI KUSAMA, 2016

Flowering New York [OPRT], 2005 © Yayoi Kusama, 2016

WAVES, 2007 © YAYOI KUSAMA, 2016

Waves, 2007 © Yayoi Kusama, 2016

p. 32-33_detail from WAVES, 2007 © LOUISIANA MUSEUM OF MODERN ART & YAYOI KUSAMA, 2016

p. 32-33, detail from Waves, 2007 © Louisiana Museum of Modern Art & Yayoi Kusama, 2016

A FLOWING RIVER, 2006 © YAYOI KUSAMA, 2016

A Flowing River, 2006 © Yayoi Kusama, 2016

AFTER THE PARTY, 2005 © YAYOI KUSAMA, 2016

After the Party, 2005 © Yayoi Kusama, 2016

p. 50-51_detail from AFTER THE PARTY, 2005 © LOUISIANA MUSEUM

p. 50-51, detail from After The Party, 2005 © Louisiana Museum of Modern Art & Yayoi Kusama, 2016

SPROUTING [TOXZS], 2006 © YAYOI KUSAMA, 2016

Sprouting [TOXZS], 2006 © Yayoi Kusama, 2016

p. 66-67_ detail from FLOWER PETALS, 2005 © LOUISIANA MUSEUM OF MODERN ART & YAYOI KUSAMA, 2016

p. 66-67, detail from Flower Petals, 2005 © Louisiana Museum of Modern Art & Yayoi Kusama, 2016

WOMEN IN THE MIDNIGHT, 2005 © YAYOI KUSAMA, 2016

Women in the Midnight, 2005 © Yayoi Kusama, 2016

GUIDEPOST TO YOUTH [HOTWOX], 2007 © YAYOI KUSAMA, 2016

Guidepost to Youth [HOTWOX], 2007 © Yayoi Kusama, 2016

WOMAN'S AFTERIMAGE [FAOWE], 2005 © YAYOI KUSAMA, 2016

Woman’s Afterimage [FAOWE], 2005 © Yayoi Kusama, 2016

WOMEN IN A DREAM [TWZSA], 2005 © YAYOI KUSAMA, 2016

Women in a Dream [TWZSA], 2005 © Yayoi Kusama, 2016

The book was designed by  Louisiana Museum’s chief designer Marie d’Origny Lübecker.