Works By World's Most Popular Artist

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Works By World's Most Popular Artist

June 08, 2017

Fans of iconic Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama will get to see over 120 of her works up close at the Yayoi Kusama: Life Is The Heart Of A Rainbow exhibition at National Gallery Singapore.

Yayoi Kusama in front of her lastest work Life Is The Heart Of A Rainbow, 2017
Acrylic on canvas
©YAYOI KUSAMA, courtesy of Ota Fine Arts

The retrospective exhibition is the 88-year-old artist’s first major museum exhibition in Southeast Asia. See Kusama’s vision through her paintings, sculptures, videos and installations from the 1950s to the present. Works featured include new ones as well as those that have not been seen for years.

Step into Kusama’s infinity mirror rooms, explore the development of her intricate nets, dots and pumpkin motifs, and encounter new paintings in which she continues to push her artistic boundaries.

Known for her trademark polka-dotted sculptures and mirror installations, Kusama was crowned the world’s most popular artist in 2014. By her own admission, her works are primarily inspired by the severe psychological difficulties which include intense hallucinations that she experienced during her childhood.

A collaboration between National Gallery Singapore and Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), the exhibition will travel to QAGOMA in Brisbane following its showing in Singapore.

Infinity Mirrored Room – Gleaming Lights Of The Souls, 2008
Mirror, wooden panel, LED, metal, acrylic panel, water

Curatorial Roundtable: Yayoi Kusama
17 June, 3pm – 4.30pm
City Hall Wing, Level B1, Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium
Free (registration required)

Discover why Kusama’s work is relevant today and learn about the dazzling explosion in popularity of her art both within the art world and beyond. Curators Adele Tan and Russell Storer from National Gallery Singapore, and Reuben Keehan from QAGOMA will be investigating the wider implications of Kusama’s works within today’s culture.

Workshops – Sunday Studio: Marbled Patterns
18 June, 3 July, 6 August, 3 September, 2pm – 5pm
City Hall Wing, Level 1, Keppel Centre for Art Education

Drawing inspiration from the exhibition, participants will learn marbling techniques and experiment with creating a range of patterns on fabric and paper.


Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery, City Hall Wing, Level 3, National Gallery Singapore

9 June – 3 September 2017

• Sunday to Thursday: 10am – 7pm
• Friday, Saturday, eve of public holiday & public holiday: 10am – 10pm

• $25 for non-Singaporean
• $15 for Singaporeans or Permanent Residents


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