June 9 - September 3
Life is the Heart of a Rainbow, the first major survey of Yayoi Kusama's work in Southeast Asia, spans seven decades and presents 120 works, some being shown for the first time. The exhibition at the National Gallery Singapore features paintings from the artist's most recent series, My Eternal Soul, as well as sculptures, videos, and installations, including immersive mirrored infinity rooms.
Curated by Russell Storer, Senior Curator at the National Gallery Singapore, with Adele Tanhis, the exhibition has been organized in collaboration with Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia.
The major traveling exhibition Infinity Mirrors will be the first institutional survey to explore the evolution of Yayoi Kusama's immersive infinity rooms. The tour begins February 23, 2017 at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington D.C. It will travel throughout the United States and Canada through 2019. Infinity Mirrors includes an unprecedented 6 infinity rooms, as well as installations, sculpture, and large-scale paintings, many of which will be making their United States debut.
The exhibition will travel to the Seattle Art Museum (June 30 to September 10, 2017), The Broad in Los Angeles (October 21, 2017 to January 10, 2018), the Art Gallery of Ontario (March 3 to May 27, 2018), the Cleveland Museum of Art (July 9 to September 30, 2018), and the High Museum of Art (November 18, 2018 to February 17, 2019).
Read the exhibition announcement in the New York Times
Pictured above: Yayoi Kusama in Phallis Field, 1965. Video courtesy of The Guardian
The Philip Johnson Glass House presented a unique installation of Kusama's Narcissus Garden on its grounds in New Canaan, Connecticut. First exhibited at the 1966 Venice Biennale, the work is created from thousands of mirrored steel spheres that, in this iteration, floated on the surface of the Glass House pond, moving with the wind and water's currents. A pumpkin sculpture was also installed on the grounds of the historic landmark site.
The exhibition was organized by Irene Shum, Curator and Collections Manager at the Glass House, to celebrate the 110th anniversary of Philip Johnson's birth and the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Glass House site to the public.
During September 2016, the special installation Dots Obsession – Alive, Seeking for Eternal Hope was also on view. The Glass House itself was covered in red dots, transforming the structure into a signature Kusama infinity room.
Visitors lining up to see the exhibition on its final day