Follow the rainbow
Yayoi Kusama’s Life is the Heart of a Rainbow opens at the National Gallery of Singapore this month. Curator Dr Adele Tan shares three exhibition highlights
Life is the Heart of a Rainbow (2017) “The exhibition’s eponymous work, Life is the Heart of a Rainbow, is a new painting by the artist and is part of her epic series My Eternal Soul. Kusama began painting this series in 2009. It was initially intended to be 100 canvases, but now numbers over 500. The work features joyously bright colours, and a recurring eye motif that she has used often in her work. One of the earliest paintings in the show, a self-portrait from 1952, also contains a single eye.” Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow is on from June 9– September 3, 2017, at National Gallery Singapore. nationalgallery.sg
Infinity Mirrored Room – Gleaming Lights of the Souls (2008) “Yayoi Kusama has been creating these iconic infinity mirror rooms since the 1960s, where she fills a small room with repeated objects that are then reflected to infinity using mirrors on each wall. They create a sense of endless space and a truly magical experience in which you feel that you have become a part of Kusama’s intimate universe.”
Narcissus Garden in Venice (1966) “We will be staging Narcissus Garden in a historically significant room at the gallery, the City Hall Chamber. There will be 1,500 stainless steel balls filling the floor and reflecting their surroundings. First presented in 1966 at the Venice Biennale, the work has in recent years been presented in several different locations, both outdoors, indoors and sometimes even on water.”
theRainbow (2017). YAYOI KUSA MA,courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore; Victoria Miro, London; David Zwirner, New York.
ABO VE: InfinityMirroredRoom–
GleamingLightsoftheSouls (2008). Yayoi Kusama, courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore; Victoria Miro, London; David Zwirner, New York
Left: Narcissus Garden in Venice (1966). YAYOI KUSAMA, collection of the artist, courtesy of Yayoi Kusama Inc.