Glimpses of Yayoi Kusama’s Art Universe

loading Yayoi Kusama in front of her latest work Life is the Heart of a Rainbow. 2017. Acrylic on canvas. 194cm x 194cm.

A major survey exhibition of the most expensive living woman artist (since 2014) known for her hypnotic 3P’s – Prolific polka dots, Patterned Pumpkins and Psychedelic Mirrors (Infinity Nets) – will come to Singapore in June.

This eccentric and reclusive art supernova has had double appearances in the Venice Biennale in 1966 (Narcissus Garden) and 1993 (Pumpkin sculptures), apart from the Aichi Triennale in 2010; numerous retrospectives accorded by major museums; commissions of monumental sculpture/ mural; and prestigious awards including Japan’s Praemium Imperial (2006) – the first for a woman, apart from the Order of the Rising Sun (2006). Her other awards were the Asahi Prize (2001), the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2003) and the Person of Cultural Merit (2009).

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