The lines were definitely long, winding like a ribbon unraveled across hardwood floors. These lines were for the special Yayoi Kusama exhibit that the National Gallery in Singapore was hosting until the end of September. I thanked technology, being able to book tickets online, the night before. Travel buddy and I breezed through the special line and got our stickers and tickets.
“Okay. So, now what?” Travel buddy asks. “Now we get cultured.” I grinned and dragged him to the stairs where he begrudgingly took the obligatory instagram shot of me and the yellow polka dotted balls.
My interest in Yayoi Kusama started when I saw a photo of her now iconic pumpkin. It looked simple and almost so elementary if you just gloss over it. Closer scrutiny reveals more than that – order in chaos; invisible lines that are projected through the dots and fluidity. Her status as one of the most unique and contemporary female “obsessive” artist is set in stone and has influenced a global audience with her messages of love and peace and harmony.
Though her mental illness is hard to miss, especially since she has called a mental hospital her home, this is just a footnote on what is really important – her artwork and the contributions she has made with her work.
Yayoi Kusama: Life is the heart of a rainbow is at the National Gallery of Singapore until September 3, 2017. For more information, check out the National Gallery website. I strongly suggest that you purchase your tickets online. Save the e-ticket to your phone – no need to print it out (save the trees and all, please)
There are other exhibits as well and I also strongly suggest that you see them too. The gallery is very kid friendly and has a couple of exhibits that are kid-centric.