Epilogue – Connecting the Dots

Published on 26 May 2017

Because Art is Long & Life is Short.

By PAM HO

Yayoi Kusama has been called Japan’s living legend. Her iconic avant-garde works — characterised by polka dots, psychedelic colours, repetition and pattern — have been linked to vivid hallucinations she’s experienced since childhood, where she sees “dense fields of dots” and even talking pumpkins and flowers. Kusama has carried these into her art, which is being celebrated at the National Gallery Singapore with the opening of Yayoi Kusama: Life Is the Heart of a Rainbow. This retrospective, spanning seven decades, is the first major survey of Kusama’s work in Southeast Asia.

“Visitors can expect to see over 120 works, including works containing her famous pumpkin motif, the infinity mirror room ‘Gleaming Lights of the Souls’, and iconic installations such as ‘Narcissus Garden’,” says Russell Storer, the gallery’s deputy director of curatorial and collections development. “The exhibition’s eponymous work, ‘Life Is the Heart of a Rainbow’ (pictured), is a new painting and part of her epic series ‘My Eternal Soul’, which she began painting in 2009 and now numbers over 500 canvases. The work features joyously bright colours, and a recurring eye motif that she has used often in her work.”

Yayoi Kusama: Life Is the Heart of a Rainbow is held at the Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery, National Gallery Singapore, 9 June-3 September. See HERE for more details.

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