arts • 20 Jun, 2017
Yayoi Kusama Opens First Major Southeast Asia Exhibit In Singapore
Japanese pop art icon launches 70 year retrospective
World-renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has launched her first major exhibition in Southeast Asia in Singapore.
The exhibition at the National Gallery of Singapore, entitled “Yayoi Kusama: Life Is The Heart Of A Rainbow”, explores 70-years worth of the 88 year old artist’s colourful work, much of which informed the pop art movement of the 1960’s. Over 120 of Kusama’s works will be on show, including iconic works such as her spotted pumpkin installation and ‘infinity rooms’. The show will also explore a wide variety of her multimedia work, from sculpture, collage, performance to video.
Beginning with paintings from the 1950’s, the exhibition moves through the artist’s work chronologically - including her time in New York during the 1960’s and 70’s - allowing visitors to experience the evolution of Kusama’s key motifs and her exploration of colour, form and space.
‘Yayoi Kusama: Life Is The Heart Of A Rainbow’ will run till 3 September 2017 at the National Gallery Singapore. See below for examples of the iconic artist’s work:
"Life is the Heart of a Rainbow", 2017.
"Infinity Mirrored Room – Gleaming Lights of the Souls", 2008
Words by Cici Tran, Rebecca Jones