Yayoi Kusama: The Spirits of the Pumpkins Descended into the Heavens

Fri 1st April, 2022 – Sun 30th April, 2023
Art Gallery of South Australia
North Terrace, Adelaide
The artist's immersive infinity room – a bright yellow room overrun with black dots and illuminated pumpkin sculptures in endless reflection – is coming to Adelaide.

The famous vibrant yellow room plastered in black polka dots is one of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s best-loved artworks, and from April 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, which will be on display in AGSA’s Melrose Wing for 12 months, 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.

One of the world’s most popular artists, Kusama is best known for her immersive polka-dot and mirror installations. Over the course of her 70-year-long career, she has engaged with an array of media and an expansive idea of perception, space and the human body. Kusama uses several recurring motifs – dots, eyes, nets, flowers and pumpkins – to investigate repetition and to create sensory experiences that hint at the infinite.

"Few artists in the world elicit such enthusiastic audience responses as Yayoi Kusama," says AGSA director Rhana Devenport.

The artist has presented hundreds of solo exhibitions in museums across the world, with large-scale retrospectives of her work seen at the Tate, Centre Pompidou, LACMA, MOMA, Whitney Museum of American Art and throughout Latin America and Japan.

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