YAYOI KUSAMA: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow

Discover Yayoi Kusama; one of the world’s most influential artist; creative vision through paintings, sculptures, videos and installations at National Gallery Singapore. Step into her infinity mirror rooms, explore the development of her intricate nets, dots and pumpkin motifs, and encounter new paintings in which the artist continues to push artistic boundaries.

The Spirit of The Pumpkin Descended Into The Heaven
The Spirit of The Pumpkin Descended Into The Heaven

The humble pumpkin is one of Kusama’s favourite 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.

 

She 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.

 

First created in 1965, Kusama’s infinity mirror rooms transform the repetitive approach of her net and dot paintings into an immersive sensory experience.

Infinity Mirrored Room – Gleaming Lights of the Souls
Infinity Mirrored Room – Gleaming Lights of the Souls
With All My Love For The Tulips, I Pray Forever
With All My Love For The Tulips, I Pray Forever

Yayoi Kusama Anti-war Naked Happening: During the period in which Kusama was staging outlandish happenings, that often featured nudity and protested against the Vietnamese war, in public places in New York.

 

Exhibition end: 03 Sep 2017
NOTE: Book the entrance ticket online to avoid long queue

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