National Gallery Singapore Yayoi Kusama Exhibition


   DATES         9 Jun–3 Sep 2017
   VENUE         City Hall Wing, Level 3, Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery
About the exhibition

Yayoi Kusama is one of the world's most influential artists. Known for her iconic dots, nets, pumpkins and infinity rooms, her art has captivated millions all over the world.

National Gallery Singapore invites you to discover Kusama's expansive creative vision in the first major survey of her work held in Southeast Asia. Featuring over 120 works across media, YAYOI KUSAMA: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow offers an unprecedented opportunity to explore an extraordinary artistic journey across seven decades. 

Beginning with paintings from the 1950s, the exhibition traces the development of her key motifs and exploration of colour, form and space. Along the way, it highlights her forays into sculpture, collage, performance and video, before culminating in a series of spectacular installations and large-scale paintings that transform our galleries and public spaces.

This exhibition spans 4 galleries (A, B, C, H) and takes roughly 2 hours to complete.

Admission information to YAYOI KUSAMA: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow 

Before you visit, please read these helpful tips to enhance your experience.

Peak Hours & Extended Hours
Extended Hours on Fri–Sun, 1–3 Sep 

The special exhibition YAYOI KUSAMA: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow will see extended hours from Fri–Sun, 1–3 Sep. Please refer to the table below for more information. All other galleries will follow regular operating hours. 

  Thu, 31 Aug Fri, 1 Sep Sat, 2 Sep Sun, 3 Sep
Opening hours 10.00am–10.00pm 10.00am–10.00pm 10.00am–12.00midnight 10.00am–10.00pm
Last sale of tickets 8.30pm 8.30pm 10.30pm 9.00pm

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National Gallery Singapore Yayoi Kusama Pumpkin (1981)  
Cloth and acrylic on canvas
130 x 97 cm
Collection of Daisuke Miyatsu, Japan 
 ©YAYOI KUSAMA, Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore

The humble pumpkin is one of Kusama's most beloved motifs. The origin of her distinctive yellow-and-black colour scheme, these whimsical, bulbous forms appear regularly in her paintings, prints, sculptures and inst. This work combines an image of a pumpkin with the artist's signature nets and dots motifs.

National Gallery Singapore YAYOI KUSAMA Infinity Mirrored Room
Infinity Mirrored Room – Gleaming Lights of the Souls
Mirror, wooden panels, LED lights, metal, acrylic panels
415 x 415 x 287.4 cm
Collection of the artist
 ©YAYOI KUSAMA, Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore, Victoria Miro Gallery, London 

First created in 1965, Kusama's infinity mirror rooms transform the repetitive approach of her net and dot paintings into an immersive sensory experience. Ranging in format from small peep boxes to room-scale installations, these kaledoscopic environments invite contemplation in an infinitely repeating, expanded space.

Life is the Heart of a Rainbow
Acrylic on canvas
194 x 194 cm
 ©YAYOI KUSAMA, Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, David Zwirner, New York

Kusama began her epic painting series My Eternal Soul in 2009, initially intending to complete 100 canvases. Still ongoing, the series now comprises over 500 paintings, 24 of which are featured in this exhibition. Filled with biomorphic shapes and decorative elements in a riot of bright colours, many of these works have never been shown before.



   All Access Pass*    S$15 / $10
   Special Exhibition Ticket only    S$25 / S$20
   All Access Pass*    S$30 / S$25
*Each All Access Pass includes a complimentary General Admission ticket
Concessions available. Please bring valid proof of identity
Timed-entry tickets

Timed-entry tickets will be introduced for this exhibition to keep to the capacity of our 4 special exhibition galleries and provide our visitors with a comfortable experience. Visitors may purchase their tickets at the Level B1 Ticketing Counter for same-day admission or pre-order them online. Visitors are encouraged to book their tickets online to avoid disappointment due to the crowds.

Pre-order online and validate your ticket

Online pre-orders have to be made at least 1 day in advance. 

Once you have completed your online transaction, visitors will receive a confirmation email. Please proceed to the Level B1 Priority Ticketing Counter to validate your ticket. Visitors will need to hold on to their validated tickets before being granted access into each of the galleries.


Singaporeans and PRs should purchase the All Access Pass for complimentary General Admission tickets.

Membership Privileges

Gallery Insiders enjoy free admission to the exhibition. Book your tickets online from 26 May 2017 or enjoy priority queues for onsite tickets.


Learn more about our membership programme here.

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Self-guided Tours

Download our free Gallery Explorer app to enjoy a short audio tour that provides a fascinating glimpse into Kusama's life and the stories behind selected artworks. Available in English and Japanese.


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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 devices are available for loan from Visitor Services at Level B1. For a better listening experience, you may also borrow headphones from the audio guide counter.

National Gallery Singapore Curator's Tour YAYOI KUSAMA
Curator-led Tours

Delve deeper into the themes behind YAYOI KUSAMA: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow by embarking on an exclusive tour led by the curators behind the exhibition.


  • Thu 13 Jul | 7.30–8.45pm | S$25 | Led by Adele Tan*FULLY SUBSCRIBED
  • Thu 10 Aug | 7.30pm–8.45pm | S$25 | Led by Russell Storer*FULLY SUBSCRIBED


National Gallery Singapore The Obliteration Room Yayoi Kusama  
Gallery Children's Biennale: Dreams & Stories

20 May–8 Oct


Visit Kusama's immersive The Obliteration Room, and other creative installations spread across the Gallery! Learn more about the Gallery Children's Biennale.

National Gallery Singapore Family Weekends Print Workshops
Family Weekends

Every second Sat & Sun | Jul–Sep


Join us for artist-led workshops and storytelling sessions that explore the patterns, shapes and colours in Kusama's work.



National Gallery Singapore Curatorial Roundtable YAYOI KUSAMA  
Curatorial Roundtable: Yayoi Kusama 
Sat 17 Jun | 3–4.30pm
The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium

Why is the work of Kusama so relevant today? What explains the dazzling popularity of her art, both in the art world and beyond? Explore these questions and more in a lively discussion with the Gallery's Russell Storer and Adele Tan, and Reuben Keehan of the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane

National Gallery Singapore Sunday Studio Workshops Marbled Patterns
Sunday Studio: Marbled Patterns
Sun 18 Jun, 2 Jul, 6 Aug, 3 Sep | 2–5pm
Keppel Centre for Art Education Workshops 1 & 2




Drawing inspiration from the exhibition, participants will learn marbling techniques and experiment with creating a range of patterns on fabric and paper.


Suitable for children aged 15 and up.


National Gallery Singapore - Exhibition Catalogues - YAYOI KUSAMA: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow  
YAYOI KUSAMA: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow

Price (including tax): SGD 37.45


Accompanying the first major survey of Yayoi Kusama’s work in Southeast Asia, this catalogue explores the captivating work of one of the world’s most influential artist. It features essays by curators from National Gallery Singapore and Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, a biographical timeline, and beautifully reproduced images of her paintings, sculptures, collage, performances, video works and installations.


This exhibition catalogue is available at the museum shop.


Click here to learn about our full range of exhibition catalogues


Remember your favourite art with these exclusive keepsakes available from Gallery & Co. Featuring the art from the exhibition YAYOI KUSAMA: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow, an assortment of postcards, pins, enamelware, umbrellas and socks are available to be the perfect memory or the perfect gift.


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Useful information for YAYOI KUSAMA: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow


Tickets for the exhibition are sold by the hour. To purchase tickets for today, please proceed to the Ticketing Counter at Level B1


For those holding E-tickets, please validate at the Priority Counter at Level B1 before going to the exhibition galleries.


Complimentary tickets for local students and teachers may be redeemed at the Padang Information Counter on Level 1. A limited number of tickets are released hourly on a first come, first served basis


The exhibition is spread across four galleries on Level 3 of the City Hall Wing. Your ticket is valid for a one-time entry into each gallery and will be checked outside each gallery.


Deposit big bags and umbrellas in our free lockers at Level B1.


Go on a self-guided tour. Loan a Samsung Tablet from Visitor Services at Level B1, or download the Gallery Explorer App onto your phone. Earphones are required and available from Visitor Services for a recommended donation of $2.


Play a part in protecting the artworks by refraining from touching them.


Entry is only permitted after the time indicated on your ticket. Generally, it takes two hours, including queue times, to complete the exhibition.


Please expect queues to enter the galleries and installations during peak hours.


Non-flash photography is allowed (except for a few artworks with a “no photography” sign beside them).




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 Yayoi Kusama in front of LIFE IS THE HEART OF A RAINBOW. ©YAYOI KUSAMA, Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore, Victoria Miro Gallery, David Zwirner, New York.