Yayoi Kusama at the National Gallery


I love the Singaporean response to the Yayoi Kusama exhibition at the National Gallery.

Teenage boys strutting about like proud cockerels, breasts erect displaying the entry stickers to the limited-time-only exhibition. Multitasking housewives tittering away and Instagram-editing pics taken in the various galleries.

Gallery & Co, the gallery’s resident café, even pays homage to the octogenarian artist with a menu inspired by her works, complete with a yellow and black polka-dot dessert. (Big pats-on-the-backs for its staff, in particular the Temasek Poly boy diligently clearing away dirty plates and the cashier who changed his sign after I pointed out his “Cards –> No coins” sign could be construed as “Cards only. I’d rather not take any coins please.”)

Life, truly, is the heart of a rainbow – and its denizens, as multifaceted as Yayoi Kusama portrays.

Yayoi Kusama at the National Gallery, 1 St. Andrew’s Road. A must-see. Till Sep 3.

P.S. For the benefit of the rating junkie, 5 out of 5 stars.



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