Never heard of infinity mirrors? You are clearly missing out.
The real deal is actually being in or in front of one, and the experience is pretty lit – I must say. Here is an image from the National Gallery (photo credits : National Gallery Singapore).
Yayoi Kusama. Infinity Mirrored Room – Gleaming Lights of the Souls. 2008. Mirrors, wooden panels, LED lights, metal, acrylic panels. 287.4 x 415 × 415 cm. ©YAYOI KUSAMA. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore, Victoria Miro Gallery, London.
The experience was so surreal that my mind was blown – as if I was transported to another side of the galaxy. (REALLY! Check out the video below)
“Life is the heart of a rainbow”
“Life is the heart of a rainbow” by Yayoi Kusama is definitely not to be missed – especially if you long for that highly Instagram-worthy shot for all your friends and followers.
What you can expect?
You can expect seeing Kusama’s iconic dots, nets, pumpkins and infinity rooms – presented, (re)packaged and stylized in the form of sculpture, collage, performance and video.
Still not sure what I am talking about?
NOTE: Amidst all the Insta photo-taking, do spend some time to look out and think about how she employs her selection of motifs/symbols, and how she toys colour, form and space.
Kusama’s life-sized installations and large-scale paintings is essentially (and interestingly!) the product of avant garde infused and pumped with a whole load of fun but still carries a serious message – of having hope despite hardships, injustice and suffering.
Pretty sick contradiction, isn’t it?
“I stake my life on my art to deepen people’s hope for their lives and for world peace and distribution of love.” – Yayoi Kusama
About Yayoi Kusama
What can i say? This lady is not just the poster girl of active-aging but definitely an epic inspiration to all baby boomers and millennials.
Photo credit: Pinterest
Having gone through the post-war era and suffered from mental episodes, Yayoi has definitely been through a lot. It is amazing how she channels the strength from overcoming her demons to inspiring the next generation with what she does best – ART!
Kusama’s work has captivated and inspired many around the world, and now has a massive following – making her “one of the world’s most influential artists“.
To be honest, I didn’t know much about her previously but after visiting “Life is the heart of a rainbow”, I am inspired and can be called a fan-boy too (imagine me fanboy-ling Yayoi Kusama on par with Girls Generation!)
What you need to know
Sun – Thu & Public holidays : 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Fri – Sat : 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
$10 (concession), and
*Free for children aged 6 and below, local and locally-based students and teachers, persons with disabilities, and one caregiver.
*A limited number of on-site tickets will be released every from 9.30am at the Level B1 Ticketing Counter.
Due to the capped number of visitors at a single time, I would strongly advise you to plan ahead on the time of your visit.
Try to be be there earlier in the day or during low peak periods (weekdays, weekend morning etc.) – so that the photos you take aren’t filled with people.
If the gallery is has reached full capacity, you will need to wait for the next available slot – subjected to the amount of internet bookings.
So, make a trip down to the National Gallery and share your experience with me.
- Did you feel like you’ve been transported into another dimension (her dimension)?
- Did you feel inspired by her journey in life and felt it through her works?
- Or did you just think that it was a good photo opportunity for social media posts?
I am curious to hear about your experience!