Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Yayoi Kusama Sg Exhibition - Life is The Heart of A Rainbow

Yayoi Kusama (草間 彌生 , born 1929 ) , arguably the most famous contemporary artist in the world at the moment -- has arrived in Singapore, albeit a retrospective exhibition titled "Life Is The Heart Of A Rainbow" -- a collaboration  between National Gallery Singapore and Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia.

The 88-year-old “Polka Dot Princess”, was crowned as the world’s most popular artist in 2014, as ranked by museum attendance, by the acclaimed "The Art Newspaper" and she also holds the record for the world's Most Expensive Artwork ever sold by a living female artist!

For more history of her, you can actually read her biography in wikipedia

Being a woman in the 60's, as well as a Japanese/foreigner in New York, meant that her work was never really appreciated by the male-dominated , Western community of the art scene. Nevertheless, in these past 10 years, her works have been "rediscovered" -- and with her trademark "Polka Dots"-- she is now acknowledged as one of the most important living artists to come out of Japan.

Yayoi Kusama : Life is The Heart of A Rainbow 2017

Yayoi Kusama, and her iconic Yellow Polka Dot "Pumpkin" ...
No words needed to describe the great "Pumpkin" , as anyone in the contemporary arts & culture scene, or even the fashion & pop spheres, knew that the Yellow Pumpkin represents Yayoi Kusama.

Looking great as ever even though she is in her 80s ....

Now, head over to Singapore's National Gallery and take some wonderful photos inside! Since opening in June, it has become the "Must-Go" place for many LGBTs in Singapore, as well as tourists!! 

Who knows, you may find your Mr.Right, among the crowd of museum-goers! 

The National Gallery, all dotted up for the occasion :

Yayoi Kusama : Life Is The Heart Of A Rainbow
National Gallery Singapore : 9 June - 3 September 2017

Sunday - Thur / Public Holidays : 10am - 7pm
Fri - Sat : 10am - 10pm

The ticket itself is worthy enough to be kept as a great souvenir!


Apparently, the exhibition has been drawing long queues everyday! 

How to get 15% DISCOUNTED tickets:

1. Snap a photo of yourself at the polka dot pillars at Raffles City, Level 1, Garden Court (outside Timberland)

2. Share it on your instagram with the hashtag #SGLovesKusama #RafflesCitySG and tag Raffles City Singapore as the location

Present the post at the Ticketing Counter at National Gallery Singapore to enjoy the discount.

Valid till 31 Jul 2017. Terms & Conditions apply.

Pumpkin invasion everywhere!

It's raining Itsy, Bitsy, Yellow, Polka Dot Balloons! 

These are some of Yayoi Kusama's themed segments in the exhibition :

The Spirits of the Pumpkins Descended into the Heavens (2017)

 Power couple from Malaysia-Singapore ..

Even Malaysia's famous radio DJ, Royce and theatre artistes, are there to support #sgloveskusama

Infinity Mirrored Room – Gleaming Lights of the Souls

Life is the Heart of a Rainbow

The Obliteration Room

The Narcissus Garden

Love Forever Monochrome

If you are hungry, you can also head over to the museum's official Cafe & Souvenir Store: "Gallery & Co" -- for their limited edition " Kusama-Themed Menu "

Pumpkin, Coconut and Mango Infusions (SG$12.50 )

From top left :

Fruity Boba Tea with tadpole IQ balls (SG$7.50)
The hearty Pan-seared Chicken with Quinoa Fregola and Pumpkin Puree (SG$25)
Pickled Baby Beetroot (SG$12)

You can also walk over to the nearby Fullerton Hotel for their special Yayoi Kusama Afternoon Tea Set at "The Courtyard Restaurant" 

Enjoy the 5 specially crafted sweets that sit on the top tier of the Afternoon Tea Set. Alongside this selection of sweets are finger sandwiches, bite-sized pastries, assorted cakes and freshly baked scones complemented by free-flowing tea and coffee.

The Afternoon tea was so popular, that Fullerton Hotel had to extend the offer menu to 31st July ( from 10 July )! 

S$43* per adult
S$22*per child (6 to 11 years old)
​*Prices are subject to 10% service charge and prevailing government taxes.
3.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. on Monday to Friday
2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. (1st seating), and 4.30 p.m. and 6.00 p.m. (2nd seating) on Saturday and Sunday

Gallery & Co is selling limited edition of Kusama-themed merchandises until the end of the exhibition. You can also buy it online here: https://galleryand.co/

 Pumpkin Enamel Mug SG$24.90

Pumpkin Umbrella SG$36.90

( I actually love the umbrella and the enamel mug -- I wonder is there any kind cutie, willing to sponsor the souvenirs for me? Hehehehe ) 

Anyway -- Please visit this Yayoi Kusama's exhibition at National Gallery Singapore for this, probably, really once-in-a-lifetime-experience . I've not been to Singapore since April 2015 , I hope I can make it this time ... 

Nevertheless, this coming end month, I'm going to visit one of Yayoi Kusama's real Pumpkins somewhere in the world ( Hence, the umbrella will definitely complement very well into my Instagram photo -- LOL ) ... Cheers!

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