Yayoi Kusama goma

Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama is having a ‘moment’ in Australia, with an installation at the NGV ‘Flower Obsession‘ and a major exhibition Life is the Heart of the Rainbow at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane.

We are regular visitors to Brisbane and we always make a point of visiting the excellent exhibitions at GOMA.

Yayoi Kusama goma

Yayoi Kusama goma

Until Sunday 11 February Life is the Heart of the Rainbow  is surveying Kusama’s vast body of work since the 1950s. The exhibition explores her key motifs (dots dots dots), her engagement with the body, and her conception of space such as in the infinity rooms.

Yayoi Kusama goma

Yayoi Kusama goma

As well as the main exhibition the Children’s Art Centre at GOMA is hosting the immersive interactive The obliteration room (2002 – ongoing). We have now been to three           \    and the collaboration has been experienced by more than five million people worldwide.

yayoi kusama goma

goma children's art centre

Yayoi Kusama goma

The Children’s Art Centre is also hosting Me, Myselfie and I until Sunday 22 April. It explores the representation of self and features video works, digital picture making, portrait drawing, magnetic dress-up dolls and expressions through music.

me myselfie and i goma

The kids visit Me, Myselfie and I twice in two days and stay close to two hours each time…

me myselfie and i goma

…starting with Wit Pimkanchanapong’s multimedia activity I, you, we that invites children to create a composite portrait of their face and that of a friend or family member….

me myselfie and i goma

….a hands-on activity where kids draw their portrait using a series of distorted mirrors…

me myselfie and i goma

….a fun dress-up activity with outfits referencing different cultures, uniforms and fashions.

me myselfie and i goma

me myselfie and i goma

The most popular activity is ‘My Pocket Orchestra’ where Lady AB and Baby 2.0 mix different sounds to create a soundtrack to express their mood ‘excited’ ‘sad’ ‘happy’ etc.

me myselfie and i goma

Both Life is the Heart of the Rainbow and Me, Myselfie and I are free to enter and make a great day out for creative kids, combined with lunch at the State Library of Queensland’s Library cafe and a trip on the Citycat ferry service.

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Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of the Rainbow +Me, Myselfie and I, Gallery of Modern Art, Stanley Pl, South Brisbane

Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of the Rainbow  until Sun 11 Feb

Me, Myselfie and I  until Sun 22 Apr

Daily 10am-5pm

Free entry

 

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