Exhibits claiming to show the works of Japanese artists Yayoi Kusama and Takashi Murakami were held in a number of Chinese cities this year, including in Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Wuhan, and Shanghai. However, neither Kusama or Murakami were actually involved in any of the exhibits and the works that were on display are believed to be fakes, according to Kusama’s attorneys.
While most of the exhibits were free, one that opened in Changsha last month charged a 60 yuan entrance fee. It is reported to be still running at this time. A Kusama/Murakami exhibit in Shanghai’s LuOne shopping mall which opened at around the same time has since been unceremoniously shut down.
Here are some photos from one of the exhibitions hosted earlier this year in Wuhan, prominently featuring the signature polka-dot style of the 89-year-old Kusama.
Representatives of both Kusama and Murakami have said that they are considering legal action. However, it’s not yet clear who is actually behind this series of exhibitions.