Avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama’s work at National Gallery has been quite a hit among us Singaporeans lately. Our fascinations with your polka-dotted and futuristic artwork mostly stemmed from the fact that her pieces were totally instagrammable. Wait a minute, why hasn’t the word ‘instagrammable’ made it to the modern English Dictionary yet?
Her works are often described as eccentric and they do invoke an intense emotion in you. I often wonder why artists harbour such crazy ideas in their head. But I guess it’s probably just their way of expressing their inner thoughts and emotions. And art is just a platform for them to translate their ideas and beliefs into something more comprehensible by others. And their ideas got to be ‘loud’, prominent and sometimes controversial, otherwise, they wouldn’t have captured your full attention. It’s intense. I know.
Is it worth getting ‘upclose and personal’ with her works? Definitely. The queue is still rather long when we visited the gallery last weekend. Anyways, the exhibition YAYOI KUSAMA: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow runs from 9 June to 3 September 2017 at National Gallery Singapore. And there’s still time for you to check out this exhibition if you haven’t!
There are four galleries in total and sadly, you could only enter once to view her artwork in the gallery. Her spectacular installations include infinity mirrors and The Obliteration Room.
Enjoy the photos! And do watch my vlog to National Gallery as well!
Infinity Net paintings (1959)
The Spirits of the Pumpkins Descended into The Heavens (2017)
Infinity Mirrored Room (2008)
Song of A Manhattan Suicide Addict (2010)
With All My Love For the Tulips, I Pray Forever (2013-2017)
Life is the Heart of A Rainbow (2017)
Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow is on display at the Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery, Level 3, City Hall Wing, National Gallery Singapore.