A day with Yayoi Kusama’s artpieces

My life is a dot lost among thousands of other dots – Yayoi Kusama

I stayed in Singapore for four days. The usual itinerary went on from day 1 which includes: MBS, Universal Studios Singapore, Clarke Quay, Chinese Garden, etc. My photographer/model and artistic best friend did a photowalk (photography term) and dragged me to the National Gallery Singapore for this art exhibit.

The artworks were from Yayoi Kusama, a Japanese artist known for her iconic polka dots, nets and pumpkins. Her art concepts include: feminism, abstract expressionism, surrealism and alike. A day with Yayoi Kusama’s masterpieces and whole day full around in National gallery Singapore cost me around 30SGD (that’s approximately 1,000 pesos). The exhibits were placed in 3 different galleries to showcase each artwork.

Gallery A was where Infinity Nets (1959), Deaths of a Nerve (1976) and the most recent The Spirits of Pumpkins Descended into the Heavens (2017) were located.


The Spirits of Pumpkins Descended into the Heavens (2017) that creates an illusion of pumpkins stretching as fas as the eye can see. 


Death of a Nerve (1976) made of stuffed fabrics evocative of internal organs, as if the artist’s nerves ere made visible.


Gallery B was an illusion mirrored area as soon as you enter the room and highlighted the  Infinity Mirrored Room (2008). The Women’s Castle (1994) and My Bleeding Heart (1994) were also displayed.

There were also paintings depicting the artist’s feminism and revolutionary sentiments.

While the Gallery C showcased the Obliteration Room (With all my love for the tulips, I pray forever) that mirrored Kusama’s hallucinations at a young age.

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Finally, the highlight of the YK’s day is the Life of the Heart of Rainbow (2017) artpiece which was a two-room large canvas featuring 24 out of over 500 paintings.


Browse more for her other works and galleries we visited in NGS:

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For a person like me, who doesn’t appreciate art as much as others do, this was a satisfying day for me. A privilege to treasure. That’s why I am writing about it now! LOL!

The artists have different motivations and self-depicting concepts. It takes one to appreciate them or not. With Yayoi Kusama, I am not only captivated by her artworks but her life experiences and how well she managed to overcome them through art.

Makapag-paint na nga rin. Chos! Don’t forget to follow me! Thank you!


Yanyan ❤


Reference: http://www.theartstory.org/artist-kusama-yayoi-artworks.htm


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