Now in her late 80s, Yayoi Kusama is one of the world’s most recognisable artists. Having made numerous contributions to international art since the 1950s, she has emerged in the 21st century as one of the pre-eminent figures of contemporary art.
Life is the Heart of a Rainbow is a focused survey of Kusama’s vast body of work. The exhibition takes in key motifs in her art as they have developed since the early 1950s, her engagement with the body and her expansive conception of space.
It includes early painterly experiments, a multi-decade presentation of the artist’s celebrated ‘net’ paintings, performance, soft-sculpture, assemblage, the iconic ‘infinity rooms’ and large-scale installations of her later career. This culminates in the encompassing presentation of Kusama’s most recent paintings from the visually arresting ‘My Eternal Soul’ series (2009 – ongoing).
The Gallery’s beguiling Narcissus Garden (1966/2002) is on display in the Watermall at QAG, while the Children’s Art Centre at GOMA hosts the interactive phenomenon The Obliteration Room (2002 – ongoing).