Yayoi Kusama is one of the world’s most influential artists. Known for her iconic dots, nets, pumpkins and infinity rooms, her art has captivated millions all over the world.– National Gallery Singapore
This year’s blockbuster artist at our 2 year old National Gallery Singapore is a anchored by a survey show of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, Life is the Heart of a Rainbow. As concisely described, there are lots of dots, big and small and in different colours, making up nets, articulating pumpkins and filling up spaces affectionately called ‘infinity rooms’.
Look out for revealing photographs of Kusama’s time in New York in the ’60s in the Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery. They are not artwork per se but are important for understanding the conditions that Kusama was working in.
Particularly fun are photographs of her early experimentations in fashion design. Initially, they were made for her performances and photography. Legend says that one day she had bumped into someone wearing her stolen design on the street. She tracked the pirate dressmaker down and the incident eventually led to the establishment of Kusama Fashion Company Ltd. in 1968. Unfortunately, it is no longer in operation so we cannot buy Kusama wear anymore except at Louis Vuitton, Uniqlo and X-girl. You could get socks at Gallery & Co. on the ground floor of National Gallery Singapore, though.
Kusama’s work is not only shown in the Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery but also sprawled across the Koh Seow Chuan Concourse Gallery, the City Hall Chamber and the UOB City Hall Courtyard.
The National Gallery of Singapore is the first to host a major survey of her work in Southeast Asia, a feat that can only be possible with the collaborative support of Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Brisbane, Australia; David Zwirner Gallery, New York; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo, Singapore; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; and a significant number of Kusama’s collectors from Singapore and other parts of Southeast Asia. Life is the Heart of the Rainbow will travel to QAGOMA in November.
Learn more about the exhibition on the NGS website here.
Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of the Rainbow
9 June – 3 September 2017
Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery
$15 (Singaporeans/PRs) / $25 (Non-Singaporeans)
Gallery Children’s Biennale: Dreams and Stories
20 May 2017 – 08 Oct 2017
Koh Seow Chuan Concourse Gallery
Free (Singaporeans/PRs) / $20 (Non-Singaporeans)
Yayoi Kusama: Dots Obsession
UOB City Hall Courtyard
Free for all
More information about ticketing here.
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