“For Kusama, the pumpkin represents comfort and security.”
You know I’m all about the #basicbitch life, so when the Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow exhibition finally opened in the National Gallery, Singapore, you bet I was going to be there! Think of all the photo ops!!! Aaaah! For the uninitiated, Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist and writer who has dedicated over 70 years of her life creating. If that alone doesn’t earn your respect, I don’t know what will. Of course, she’s most famous for her recurring motifs of pumpkins, dots, and infinity nets, among many others – inviting an exploration into the idea of space, colour, and form.
I promise you’ll never see polka dots the same way ever again.
There are four gallery sites that you can get to (A, B, C, H – what?) throughout the whole exhibition. Living up to our reputation as the worst navigators on earth, we started with C, followed by H, A, and B. In retrospect, I actually preferred this particular route. Granted, you don’t begin your journey by exploring Yayoi’s first creations located in A. But, you start off colourless in C – and immediately plunge into a world of colour. And if you’re all about living life unexpectedly, I really recommend this route. You really can’t enter a room throughout the exhibition without feeling overwhelmed and impressed with the magnitude of Yayoi’s brilliance. While I don’t think it’s necessary to understand art in order to appreciate it, the museum labels are really well-crafted and easy to digest. Just activate your #nerdmode for a minute – that’s really all you need to do! You can always grab your photo ops anytime, it’s not like the dots will move… or, do they? We also visited on a weekend (cue: crowds), and for crowd control, you actually have quite a limited time at spots that are extra popular (just take a look at the Instagram-geotag and you’ll know exactly which spots I’m talking about.) No idea if this is implemented on weekdays, but I definitely recommend taking a visit to the National Gallery during a non-peak period.
There are other ongoing exhibitions as well, in particular, the Children’s Biennale – ironically populated by adults. Again, crowd control means that you don’t have much time to spend in areas like The Obliteration Room or Homogenizing and Transforming World. But the Children’s Biennale is so much more interactive – and for a moment I did feel like a child again pasting stickers on walls and hitting balls. (-‿-) All in all, I absolutely recommend heading down to the National Gallery – if not to gain some ~knowledge~, then at least for the potential display pictures. And I assure you’ll have a ball of a time.
Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow is running from 9 June – 3 September 2017.
Gallery Children’s Biennale is running from 20 May – 8 October 2017.
Head to the National Gallery’s website for more details.
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