yayoi kusama is giving the little mermaid a makeover

The legendary Japanese artist is bringing her own style to the Danish fairytale.

by Wendy Syfret
26 July 2016, 6:25am

On the off chance you are still recovering from the fact we're not getting Sofia Coppola version of The Little Mermaid, we have something that might ease the pain. Legendary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is teaming up with Copenhagen's Louisiana Museum of Modern Art to offer her own version of the tale.

A lifetime fan of the story's author Hans Christian Andersen, Kusama has worked with Professor Johan de Mylius, a leading expert on Andersen, for The Little Mermaid: A Fairy Tale of Infinity and Love Forever. The professor has lightly modernised the language while Yayoi provides the illustrations.

Speaking of her feelings for the writer she explains, "Hans Christian Andersen is a dream born in my heart." Adding, "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."

The publication is a follow up to the museum's recent retrospective on Yayoi, and is available in English and Danish on their website. A Japanese version will be released later in the year. Take a peak at Yayoi's underwater world below. 


Text Wendy Syfret
Images via The Creator's Project

The Little Mermaid
Yayoi Kusama
Hans Christian Andersen
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art