First Major Survey of Yayoi Kusama in Southeast Asia Opens at National Gallery Singapore. YAYOI KUSAMA: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow to feature over 120 works spanning 70 years of Kusama’s artistic practice

National Gallery Singapore today unveiled internationally-acclaimed artist Yayoi Kusama’s first major survey in Southeast Asia. Titled YAYOI KUSAMA: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow, the exhibition will feature over 120 works, including new, never-before-seen, pieces. It will offer an unprecedented opportunity to explore the creative journey of one of the world’s most widely recognised artists.

YAYOI KUSAMA: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow takes a specific perspective on Kusama’s vast body of work, where visitors can discover the development of her iconic themes and trace their formal and conceptual interconnections through her seven-decade long career. Works on display range across different media from paintings, sculptures, collages and video to large-scale installations.


The exhibition is divided into three sections:
Gallery A looks at Kusama’s use of dots, nets and pumpkins through painting, sculpture and installation from the 1950s to the present.



Gallery B considers Kusama’s engagement with the human body through installation, performance, sculpture and painting.


Song of a Manhattan Suicide Addict Installation view


Gallery C focuses on Kusama’s major recent canvas series ‘Love Forever’ and ‘My Eternal Soul’, along with large-scale installations that demonstrate her activation of space and deployment of spectacle.




YAYOI KUSAMA: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow will run from 9 June to 3 September 2017 at the Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery and City Hall Chamber, Level 3, City Hall Wing.

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