The works of renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is now in Singapore! Titled Yayoi Kusama: Life Is The Heart Of A Rainbow, this is the first major museum exhibition of her work in Southeast Asia features over 120 installations, paintings, videos and sculptures from the 1950s to the present. She is one of the world’s most influential artists, and has played a crucial role in key art movements that inspired millions around the world. At this exhibition, Singapore is also the first in the world to view her new works that has not been shown before. I had a sneak preview before its opening on 9 Jun 2017. Here is what you can expect at the exhibition.
Yayoi Kusama’s Pumpkin Obsession
Aside from the splash of polka dots, pumpkins are important motif in Kusama’s work. Kusama finds that pumpkins are visually humorous. It represents her return to early childhood memories.
Marilyn Monroe (1970) is made of oil on canvas with painted wire netting on a wooden frame.
3 Mesmerising Infinity Mirror Rooms
Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room: Gleaming Lights of the Souls, is one of the highlights of the exhibition. In fact, this is the most Instagrammable Room of the exhibition. It is a mirror-lined chamber housing a dazzling and seemingly endless LED light display. Did you know that the Infinity Mirrored Room was also used as backdrop for Adele performance of ‘When We Were Young’?
To facilitate crowd control, please note that the room can only accommodate 1-2 visitors at a time for 20 seconds.
A mirrored box, I Want to Love on the Festival Night (2017).
The Spirits of Pumpkins Descended into the Heavens (2017) is the latest exhibit of Kusama.
Land of Polka Dots
Invisible Life is an immersive installation; a labyrinth of mirrors.
With All My Love for the Tulips, I Pray Forever (2013).
Imagery of human beings (1987).
Death of a Nerve (1976). This soft sculpture is Kusama’s longest work, spanning 100 meters long.
Love Forever series of artworks, which were produced from the years 2004-2007.
Soft sculptures with some of Kusama’s newer works in the background, including the piece Life is the Heart of a Rainbow.
The sun wants to go on a journey.
Narcissus Garden, some 1,500 reflective spheres are arranged to form an infinite field of images.
Photo of Kusama with Narcissus Garden in 1966.
Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow is open to public from 9 June to 3 September 2017.
National Gallery Singapore, 1 Saint Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957
Timed-entry tickets priced at $15 (standard) and $10 (concession) for Singaporeans, and $25 (standard) and $20 (concession) for non-Singaporeans.
Skip the line and book your tickets here.