The famous vibrant yellow room plastered in black polka dots is one of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s best-loved artworks, and in April 2022 you’ll be able to stand in it and feel the sense of infinite space and colour as part of a major installation at the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA).

Presented in partnership with the National Gallery of Australia, The Spirits of the Pumpkins Descended into the Heavens has a mirrored box in the centre of the room creating the sense of limitless space. A peephole reveals a field of multiplying black and yellow pumpkins reflected back at you in a dazzling optical illusion.

Yayoi Kusama’s “infinity room” follows another program highlight for the gallery, the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art. Opening on March 4, the free exhibition, titled Free/State, has been curated by Burramattagal man Sebastian Goldspink. Broadsheet spoke with the Sydney-based curator earlier this year. “For me,” he said, “it’s about bringing together a really disparate group of artists in terms of mediums – people making radically different work – but positioning them as a force.” Free/State will feature works by Tracey Moffatt, Dennis Golding, Reko Rennie and Julie Rrap.

Later in the year, AGSA will present an exhibition of sculptural ceramics from Japan. Pure Form will feature objects from the 1950s to today, showing the Japanese works at the forefront of international modernism.

In winter, there’ll be two ticketed exhibitions. Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize will chart the portraits that stopped the nation over the life of the award, and Robert Wilson: Moving Portraits is an Australian-exclusive, displaying video portraits by the internationally acclaimed theatre director and visual artist – including ones featuring Lady Gaga, Brad Pitt, Isabella Rossellini, Robert Downey Jr and Winona Ryder.

Speaking about the program for 2022, AGSA director Rhana Devenport ONZM said, “AGSA will offer a wellspring of deep thought and infinite ideas in 2022.”

Tickets for these exhibitions are now on sale.

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