The Little Mermaid

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is a leading international museum of modern art. It is located 25 miles north of Copenhagen and presents six to ten exhibitions annually and has a distinguished art collection with over 3500 works.

As a follow-up to the major retrospective exhibition In Infinity with the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama (b.1929) Louisiana and Kusama are now joining forces once again. The artist and the museum have produced a new illustrated edition of Hans Christian Andersen’s tale The Little Mermaid (1837). In the new edition the story is illustrated with works from Yayoi Kusama’s series Love Forever, a series she created in the periode 2004-2007. The illustrations are created with the use of a pigment marker and acrylic on canvas. In addition there are a few brand new pictures drawn by the artist for the occasion.

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

Title: Flower Petals 2005

Title: Days of Youth 2007

Title: Waves 2007

By combining Kusama’s drawings with the classic tale the story has been opened up to new readings and it becomes relevant in new ways. Hans Christian Andersen was born in Denmark and became famous around the world for his way of writing innovative and influential fairy tales. His knowledge of the human condition, his rich language and understanding of relationships has been appreciated by both young and old.

"Hans Christian Andersen is a dream born in my heart," Kusama reflects on her relationship with the danish writer.

The book has been designed by the Louisiana Muesum’s chief designer Marie d’Origny Lübecker with a specially selected paper type found in collaboration with the paper supplier Antalis.