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Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow at QAGOMA

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Step inside this creative space for a day of illusionary fun
Captivating colours, textures, and configurations welcome visitors to QAGOMA's exhibition, Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow. This stunning retrospective crossing almost seven decades celebrates the work of popular Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama, using her iconic recurring motifs, large-scale installations and immersive experiences.

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Visitors can look inside the artworks to experience infinity


Kusama's work often challenges the senses to attempt to distinguish between the real and the imaginary world. Using mirrors, lights and shiny internal surfaces she has created a sense of limitless boundaries with several pieces exploring infinity. Step inside the infinity mirror room Soul under the moon (2002). Peek inside the installations I want to love on the festival night (2015) and The spirit of the pumpkins descended to the heavens (2017) where it appears that masses of space has been created inside several three-dimensional objects.

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Colourful sculptures near the exhibition exit


Revisit earlier works right through to Kusama's ongoing works. Narcissus Garden (1966/2002) is on display in the QAG Watermall or ponder over Kusama's well-known net paintings which first appeared in the late 1950s. The exhibition concludes with several recent sculptures and paintings featuring striking colours and forms.

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The effect of the net-painting


Families will be pleased to see the return of The obliteration room (2002-ongoing) at the GOMA Children's Art Centre. Here visitors are encouraged to obliterate the white from the room with brightly coloured dot stickers.

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The Obliteration Room returns to GOMA


Several large-scale installations can be spotted around the exhibit. Once again using Kusama's characteristic bright colour palette combined with her obsession with polka dots, giant inflatables can be found by looking up from the foyer.

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Dots Obsession


Life is the Heart of a Rainbow is now open and is free to visit until 11 February 2018. A series of events will run in conjunction with the exhibition, including the ticketed event Summer Up Late on Friday 19 January 2018. For further information visit the QAGOMA website.
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Why? Step inside this creative space for a day of illusionary fun.
When: 10am - 5pm daily
Where: Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art
Cost: Free
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