Take a walk on the technicolour side when Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow bounces into GOMA
There was once a famous frog that pondered on the subject of the rainbow connection – why the heck are we so fascinated by these ephemeral visions? Although Kermit never technically managed to crack the case, we can say with certainty that our love affair with the magical scope of colour hasn’t dulled one bit. One person that knows a thing or two about the matter is Yayoi Kusama, the esteemed Japanese artist and all-around icon that has made hearts worldwide sing with her bright and brilliant career. Her exhibition Life is the Heart of a Rainbow lands at GOMA from November 4 to spread joy, inspire wonder and create the opportunity for some good old-fashioned playtime.
Yayoi Kusama is an absolute weapon in the world of contemporary art. Although she’s well into her 80s now, her work remains just as relevant, inspiring and engaging as ever – after all, how can you grow out of having a good time? Life is the Heart of a Rainbow delves deep into the key themes that have remained throughout Yayoi’s work since the early days, as well as touching on her engagement with the human body and her expansive conception of space. Much of her work goes beyond the realm of simply looking – her exhibitions invite an experiential angle that is sure to delight both young and old.
Life is the Heart of a Rainbow draws upon Yayoi’s huge body of work that dates back to the beginning of her career in the 1950s, including pieces across a wide range of mediums. Exhibition goers will be treated to the spectacle of her celebrated ‘net’ paintings, performance, soft-sculpture, assemblage, the ever-popular ‘infinity rooms’ and large-scale installations that became more prominent in her later career. The landmark exhibition also sees the return of The obliteration room, Yayoi’s extremely popular collaboration with QAGOMA that you would no doubt remember from The 4th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art – you know, the one where you get to cover a pristine white room with a bunch of brightly coloured stickers.
Ready to embrace the technicolour side of life? You can visit Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow at GOMA from November 4 – and it’s totally free of charge.
Image one: ©YAYOI KUSAMA, Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore, Victoria Miro, London, David Zwirner, New York
Image two: Yayoi Kusama / THE SPIRITS OF THE PUMPKINS DESCENDED INTO THE HEAVENS / 2015 / Collection of the Artist, ©YAYOI KUSAMA. Installation view at National Gallery Singapore, 2017.
Image three: Yayoi Kusama / Narcissus Garden / 1966 / Collection of the Artist / ©YAYOI KUSAMA