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By Steve Cooke

One of the world’s most loved artists takes us up and away as part of Factory International’s opening summer programme.

Yayoi Kusama is bringing her largest-ever immersive environment to Manchester.

Conceived especially for the soaring spaces of Factory International, Yayoi Kusama - You, Me and the Balloons celebrates three decades of the pioneering Japanese artist's inflatable artworks, which are brought together for the first time in this major exhibition. Journey through Kusama's psychedelic creations - many over 10m tall - including giant dolls, spectacular tendrilled landscapes and a vast constellation of polka-dot spheres.

Kusama is renowned and adored for her surreal world of dots and pumpkins amongst other artistic motifs. Her hallucinatory paintings, sculptures, and immersive environments, such as her Infinity Mirror Rooms, take us beyond ourselves and make us feel part of something greater. Unique in her ability to conjure wonder while also asking bigger questions about human existence, millions of people queue for hours to spend just a minute in Kusama’s cosmos.

Kusama’s career spans eight decades and she is now a global phenomenon. In Yayoi Kusama - You, Me and the Balloons you will experience the vastness of her playful and kaleidoscopic universe.

They have a range of affordable tickets for Yayoi Kusama - You, Me and the Balloons, including options for £10 or less; so, you can find a price that's right for you.


Standard Tickets £15

Affordable Tickets £10 & £7.50

A maximum of 6 tickets per person applies.

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18. Babes in Arms - Under 2’s do not require a ticket.

Fri 30 June - Mon 28 Aug 2023


Factory International’s taken up a lot of media space over the last few weeks. Their opening has been voted No.1 for 2023 culture highlights of the year ahead (The Observer), the most-awaited architecture of 2023 (ELLE Décor), one of the must-see exhibitions of the year - You, Me and the Balloons (artnet) and the best theatre/dance tickets to book now - Free Your Mind (The Guardian).

‘We’re absolutely made up to see the world as amped for our opening as us, not to mention the excitement around the return of Manchester International Festival!’


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