Man at His Best

Surround Yourself In Yayoi Kusama's Famed Polka Dots At National Gallery Singapore This June

Finding peace in a kaleidoscope of dots.

BY Derrick Tan | Mar 10, 2017 | Arts

Credits: Yayoi Kusama, Life is the Heart of a Rainbow, 2017, ©Yayoi Kusama, Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore, Victoria Miro, London, David Zwirner, New York


A dot may be insignificant on its own, but celebrated artist Yayoi Kusama is able to create a world of infinite possibilities by using it as a recurring motif. After countless of successful exhibitions across the globe, a Kusama retrospective has finally arrived on our shores. It's time to marvel at a magnificent, unedible pumpkin in the flesh.

Presented by National Gallery Singapore, this retrospective will be the first major museum exhibition of Kusama's work in Southeast Asia. It will delve into her visions of inner reality, hallucinations, fears and obsessions.

As an avant-garde artist, Kusama uses art as a form of poetry, philosophy and prophecy alike. Themes such as infinity, repetition and the desire to become one with the world were explored and conveyed through her creations. Her Infinity Net canvases, pumpkin sculptures and the sublime immersive nature of infinity mirrored rooms became synonymous with her name.

Will we get the chance to experience the much-lauded Infinity Mirror rooms? Whatever you do, try not to be overenthusiastic (taking a selfie) and destroy any artwork in the process. 

The Yayoi Kusama Retrospective will be held at National Gallery Singapore from June 9 to September 3.