Japanese avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama presented her best works at a contemporary art exhibition that opened at the Japan Foundation Centre for Cultural Exchange in Hanoi on May 25.

The exhibition, YAYOI KUSAMA: Obsessions, includes four parts, installed in the centre's courtyard, the main hall, garage and kitchen.

With 1,500 silver balls, the half of the courtyard will be covered with the artist's installation “ Narcissus Garden ”. Nine huge objects with polka dots, entitled “Guidepost to the New Space”, have been arranged in the other half of the courtyard and the garage.

The main exhibition hall has been turned into a room for the installation “Dots Obsessions” in which visitors can enjoy one of Kusama's most popular installations with mirrors and dotted balloons.

The small kitchen has been dedicated for the relatively new installation “I'm Here, But Nothing.” Visitors can experience the illusive confusion of two and three dimensions with dizzy illuminated dots.

Born in 1929, Kusama has worked in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, film, performance and installation.

Having continuously innovated and re-invented her style, Kusama's obsessive repetitions and patterns of dots have been widely celebrated and become her trademark.

Kusama received a National Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 and numerous awards including the Order of the Rising Sun and the Premium Imperial in Japan , and was recognised as the Person of Cultural Merit in 2009 by the Japanese government.

In 2003, she was also awarded the Order of Arts and Letters in France .

Her solo art exhibitions have been held in various prestigious museums such as Museum of Modern Art in New York , Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo , Centre Goerges Pompidou in Paris and Tate Modern in London .

Her artworks fetched around 4 million-6 million USD at recent auctions, the highest price for an active female artist in the world, according to a foundation representative.

The exhibition is being held at the centre at 27 Quang Trung Street until July 28 as part of the Japan-Vietnam Friendship Year 2013.-VNA