Yayoi Kusama,Statue of Venus Obliterated, 1998 - at Singapore National Art Museum

Singapore art dazzles!

On a recent trip to Singapore, there were some major highlights: Cirque du Soleil, the Kinetic Rain at Changi Airport and the retrospective exhibition of work by Japanese artist Yoyoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow.

The heart-stopping acts in KOOZA had the whole family mesmerised – the double tight rope/high wire with acrobats riding backwards and cartwheeling etc, so high up without a safety net, had us out of our seats.

Kusama retrospective – a magnificent display of the imagination

Equally magnificent is the massive show of Kusama’s work; unfolding her ‘creative vision through paintings, sculptures, videos and installations from the 1950s to the present, includes works never shown before.’  It’s fascinating to reflect on her obsession with dots and infinity – the dots obliterate the everyday, for example tulips, regular furniture and even the iconic Venus de Milo, so your visual perception is altered. So too, her infinity rooms of mirrors are immersive – the viewer being integral to the work, creating a sensual, if not disconcerting experience. Her life story is almost stranger than fiction and at age 88, she still resides in the Seiwa Hospital for the Mentally Ill where she voluntarily interned herself in 1977. That aside her work and exhibition schedule continues to be prolific.

Courageous and confident public art in Singapore

There is so much investment in mega art in Singapore. Recently, two Kinetic Rain sculptures were installed in Terminal 1.  ‘Made of 1,216 bronze droplets, measuring 9.8 metres by 4 metres, each sculpture can form 16 different shapes ranging from abstract art forms to recognisable patterns including an aeroplane, a hot air balloon, a kite and even a dragon. The design element in each shape shows the movement of flight through slow, fluid movements.’

KOOZA is only on until the 27 August and Kusama at the National Gallery Singapore until 3 September 2017 (so, be quick!).

[Image: Installation photo of Yayoi Kusama’s Venus de Milo Obliterated at Singapore National Art Museum.]

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