'My desire was to predict and measure the infinity of the unbounded universe, from my own position in it, with dots... I issued a manifesto stating that everything - myself, others, the entire universe - would be obliterated by white nets of nothingness... And the spell of the dots and the mesh enfolded me in a magical curtain of mysterious, invisible power' -Y. Kusama
In 1962, Yayoi Kusama was the only female artist to take part in the widely acclaimed Nul international group exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, alongside Yves Klein, Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, Günther Uecker and Piero Manzoni. Kusama's involvement with the Zero group subverted the traditional tropes of the masculine artist: in her performances, she moved between painted mannequins and dancers, and painted her renowned polka dots on members of the audience, including, on one occasion, on Jan Schoonhoven. A regular exhibitor on the Dutch art scene in the 1960s and 1970s, Kusama brought the present work, The Ground (2), for exhibition at her first solo European show, at the Galerie Orez, The Hague, in 1965.