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

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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.”

Lifeis­theHeartof

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.

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