SPOTTED DOTTER: Yayoi Kusama made a rare public appearance at the recently opened Tokyo outpost of Dover Street Market in Ginza on Friday to celebrate the launch of her collaboration with Louis Vuitton. The artist, decked out in her signature red and white polka dots, performed one of her “happenings” in the gallery section of the store, which contains a life-size reproduction of an elephant. After being wheeled in in a polka-dot wheelchair, she applied several round red stickers to the elephant’s trunk, completing its spotted skin.

Later, in an event space on the top floor of Dover Street Market Ginza, Kusama gave a talk in which she encouraged Japanese people to fight for peace and love, even in the face of such hardships as last year’s earthquake and resulting nuclear meltdown. The event was attended by several Japanese celebrities, including artist Takashi Murakami, who previously lent his works to Louis Vuitton; former soccer star Hidetoshi Nakata, and shoe designer Noritaka Tatehana.

This story first appeared in the July 23, 2012 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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