Summer is a wonderful time to viewbright artwork, and few artists have such a natural affinity with bright colours like Yayoi Kusama, a leading contemporary Japanese artist, famous for her brightly coloured dots.

Showing at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) her exhibition titled, ‘Yayoi Kusuma: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow’ is co-curated with the National Gallery Singapore and does a career-spanning survey of her work.

Queensland Art Gallery (QA) and GOMA’s Director Chris Saines says the gallery has a long-term connection with Yayoi. “QAGOMA has enjoyed a long standing relationship with Yayoi Kusuma – dating back to 1989 – and over that time we have developed substantial holdings of the artist’s work.”

The exhibition itself is presented in five chapters and explores recurring motifs in the 88-year-old artist’s collection.‘The exhibition attracted a record number of visitors when it was seen in Singapore recently and we have no doubt it will be extremely well received here in Brisbane with our local and visiting audiences,’ Mr Saines said.

‘It draws audiences into the artist’s world with its seamless integration of Pop, Surrealism, Minimalism and psychedelia, using her trademark motifs of nets, dots, eyes and pumpkins, and a vocabulary of obsession, obliteration, accumulation, aggregation and infinity,’ he said.

This free exhibition also includes early experiments, soft-scuplture and assemblage, performance documents, the iconic ‘infinity rooms’ as well as large-scale installations like the eye-catching, polka-dotted inflatables titled Dots Obsessed (2017).

Dots Obsessed

Other works featured are the ‘net’ paintings that appear consistently in Kusama’s practice since the late 1950’s and the 24 brightly coloured paintings from the My Eternal Soul series, which has continued since 2009.

“Kusama’s profile has grown to the degree that her work is highly sought after and audiences worldwide have flocked to her exhibitions, aided by the circulation of simultaneous touring retrospectives in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the US,’ Mr Saines says.

The exhibition also has I Want To Love On The Festival Night (2015), an immersive hexagonal installation with mirrors and a floor of multi-coloured flashing lights and The Spirit Of The Pumpkins Descended To The Heavens (2017), a mirrored cube installation where visitors can peer into the internal reflections created, giving the impression of a vast field of luminous gourds.

The vast arrange of Kusama’s work also includes artworks collected by QAGOMA since 2002, like the infinity mirror room Soul Under The Moon, the large sculpture Flowers That Bloom At Midnight (2011) and The Obliteration Room (2002 -) which is an ongoing, interactive installation that has toured more than 20 venues in 15 countries and been viewed by more than 5 million people.

A master of modern art, see QAGOMA’s Yayoi Kusama’s ‘Life Is The Heart Of A Rainbow’ exhibition on till 11 February 2018.


Queensland Art Gallery - Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)

Stanley Place, South Bank, Brisbane

Dates: 4 Nov 2017 - 11 Feb 2018

Times: Open daily 10.00am – 5.00pm

QAGOMA Website

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