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A message from... Yayoi Kusama: 'Let us joyfully sing this song of a splendid future'

Japan's beloved artist has penned a poem of hope for the world

Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama in her studio in 2017 © Yayoi Kusama. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Victoria Miro, and David Zwirner

Currently in lockdown in Japan, Yayoi Kusama has shared this poem of support.

"Today, with the world facing Covid-19, I feel the necessity to address it with this message."

A message from Yayoi Kusama to whole world

Though it glistens just out of reach, I continue to pray for hope to shine through

Its glimmer lighting our way

This long awaited great cosmic glow

Now that we find ourselves on the dark side of the world

The gods will be there to strengthen the hope we have spread throughout the universe

For those left behind, each person’s story and that of their loved ones

It is time to seek a hymn of love for our souls

In the midst of this historic menace, a brief burst of light points to the future

Let us joyfully sing this song of a splendid future

Let's go

Embraced in deep love and the efforts of people all over the world

Now is the time to overcome, to bring peace

We gathered for love and I hope to fulfil that desire

The time has come to fight and overcome our unhappiness

To COVID-19 that stands in our way

I say Disappear from this earth

We shall fight

We shall fight this terrible monster

Now is the time for people all over the world to stand up

My deep gratitude goes to all those who are already fighting.

Revolutionist of the world by the Art

From Yayoi Kusama