6 reasons to enter Yayoi Kusama’s spotty world at GOMA this summer

Do like you like colour, free things and air-conditioned comfort in summer? Step right this way, we have the thing for you.

Queen of the dots, contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is best known for her colourful work ‘obliterating’ objects with spots and infinity nets. Until February 11, Australia’s largest modern art gallery’s walls will feature works spanning 70 years of Kusama’s colourful career.

The exhibition was co-curated with the National Gallery of Singapore, and among it features six incredible works that QAGOMA actually owns.

Here’s 6 reasons why you need to put Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow on your summer bucket list.

#1. Infinity rooms

One of her signature pieces (that people go gaga for) are the infinity mirror rooms. This exhibition features three of them – one you can actually step inside and explore, a special piece at QAGOMA commissioned for the gallery back in 2002. Bring your camera.

#2. It’s free

A ticketed Yayoi Kusama’s exhibition in Los Angeles sold out in an hour, with 150,000 people jumping online in the first five minutes to try their luck. There’s no need for that kind of ticket battle in Brisbane. Here the exhibition is free - just turn up to GOMA and check it out.

#3. You can get involved

Yayoi wants YOU! Well, not you specifically, but you know what we mean. When you enter the Obliteration Room at GOMA a sheet of coloured stickers will be handed to you. Now, take your duty of covering every possible inch of the once-white room very, very seriously. This is art in a serious art gallery after all.

#4. Summer is hot, GOMA is cold

Yayoi Kusama

Brisbane is a subtropical city – and summer is a time of heat and humidity. Escape the baking midday sun at GOMA, where the thermostat is always set to a comfortable 21 degrees. Take your time, there’s no need to rush back out.

#5. It’s prime for a new profile picture

She was there in the heat of the pop art movement, and used to hang out with Andy Warhol in NYC. So why has it taken so long for Yayoi’s incredible work to become popular – is it the invention of social media?  Sure, the bright colours and eye-catching patterns make the perfect backdrop for your next social media display photo. 

#6. Keep calm, it’s kid friendly

During the summer break, getting kids out of the house and out of your hair is essential. The Yayoi exhibition is children-friendly (as is the gallery itself), with hands on activities and child-friendly meals at the onsite cafe. 

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