Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Yayoi Kusama Exhibition

Get your artsy fix with the Yayoi Kusama exhibition at the National Gallery, featuring the captivating works of prolific Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama, and her recent signature work entitled “Infinity Mirror Rooms”.

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 invites you to discover Kusama's expansive creative vision in the first major survey of her work held in Southeast Asia. Featuring over 120 works across media, YAYOI KUSAMA: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow offers an unprecedented opportunity to explore an extraordinary artistic journey across seven decades. 

Beginning with paintings from the 1950s, the exhibition traces the development of her key motifs and exploration of colour, form and space. Along the way, it highlights her forays into sculpture, collage, performance and video, before culminating in a series of spectacular installations and large-scale paintings that transform our galleries and public spaces.


Cloth and acrylic on canvas
130 x 97 cm
Collection of Daisuke Miyatsu, Japan 
 ©YAYOI KUSAMA, Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore

The humble pumpkin is one of Kusama's most beloved motifs. The origin of her distinctive yellow-and-black colour scheme, these whimsical, bulbous forms appear regularly in her paintings, prints, sculptures and inst. This work combines an image of a pumpkin with the artist's signature nets and dots motifs.

Infinity Mirrored Room – Gleaming Lights of the Souls

Mirror, wooden panels, LED lights, metal, acrylic panels
415 x 415 x 287.4 cm
Collection of the artist
 ©YAYOI KUSAMA, Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore, Victoria Miro Gallery, London 

First created in 1965, Kusama's infinity mirror rooms transform the repetitive approach of her net and dot paintings into an immersive sensory experience. Ranging in format from small peep boxes to room-scale installations, these kaledoscopic environments invite contemplation in an infinitely repeating, expanded space.

Life is the Heart of a Rainbow
Acrylic on canvas
194 x 194 cm
 ©YAYOI KUSAMA, Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, David Zwirner, New York
Kusama began her epic painting series My Eternal Soul in 2009, initially intending to complete 100 canvases. Still ongoing, the series now comprises over 500 paintings, 24 of which are featured in this exhibition. Filled with biomorphic shapes and decorative elements in a riot of bright colours, many of these works have never been shown before.