The best way to appreciate art is to gain a better understanding of the artist. This is especially so for Kusama’s work, which is generally known for being bright, cheery and universally appealing. It is easy for us to enjoy her work at face value, but it is much more meaningful to view this iconic 88-year-old’s art with a better understanding of her life. For example, Kusama’s fascination with pumpkins (as seen with her 1981 sculpture, ‘Pumpkin’) has started since her days as an art school student because her family owned a nursey and grew a field of pumpkins. She has described pumpkins as having a “generous unpretentiousness” and a “solid spiritual balance”. Tip: At the exhibition, do keep a look out for her video installation ‘Song of a Manhattan Suicide Addict’ (2010) where she recites a poem that reveals her worldview and her experience with depression.