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.
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.
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.
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.
The kids visit Me, Myselfie and I twice in two days and stay close to two hours each time…
…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….
….a hands-on activity where kids draw their portrait using a series of distorted mirrors…
….a fun dress-up activity with outfits referencing different cultures, uniforms and fashions.
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.
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.
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