Jakarta’s Museum MACAN (Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara) is set to stage a survey of works by avant-garde Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama that will mark Indonesia’s first major show devoted to the crowd-drawing artist.

MACAN is the third and final stop for Yayoi Kusama Life Is The Heart Of A Rainbow, which has been shown at the National Gallery Singapore, Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art.

Showcasing Kusama’s signature use of dots, pumpkins and nets, as well as her approach to space in large-scale installations, the show surveys 70 years of the artist’s work, going back to the 1950s and illustrating noteworthy periods in her life and career.

Since its November opening, MACAN – Indonesia’s first museum devoted to modern and contemporary art – has featured Kusama’s iconic Infinity Mirrored Room Brilliance Of The Souls in its sculpture garden, and this work will be included among the more than 130 works in the Jakarta exhibition.

Paintings, sculptures and works on paper will be joined by five installations, one of which is also MACAN’s most recent acquisition, Kusama’s 2017 work I Want To Love On The Festival Night.

Also included are works from My Eternal Soul, the artist’s ongoing series that now includes more than 500 paintings, 24 of which appear in the exhibition.

Among the artist’s most widely recognised works going on display are Dots Obsession (2013/2016), Narcissus Garden (1966/2018), The Spirits Of The Pumpkins Descended Into The Heavens (2015) and The Obliteration Room (2002-ongoing), an interactive installation that has been viewedby almost five million people around the world.

Yayoi Kusama Life Is The Heart Of A Rainbow will be on at MACAN from May 12 to Sept 9. – AFP Relaxnews


For details, go to www.museummacan.org.