A career-spanning survey of work by leading contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama will open at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) on Saturday, 4 November.

Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow includes early painterly experiments, a multi-decade presentation of the artist’s celebrated ‘net’ paintings, performance, soft-sculpture, assemblage, the iconic ‘infinity rooms’, and large-scale installations of her later career.

Now in her late 80s, Kusama is one of the most recognisable artists in the world and QAGOMA Director Chris Saines says he is thrilled to present her vibrant and “incredibly productive career”.

“Our gallery’s long-standing relationship with Yayoi Kusama and her Tokyo-based studio was established in 1989 when the artist participated in the exhibition Japanese Ways, Western Means at QAG,” Mr Saines said.

The gallery and a number of Brisbane-siders have more recently enjoyed her works through the hugely popular Obliteration Room, where guests were invited to add colourful dots to a white living space. The interactive art installation Soul Under the Moon has also proved popular, where gallery-goers enter a black room speckled with colour, violet lights, and mirrored illusions.

Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow culminates an immersive presentation of Kusama’s most recent paintings from the visually arresting ‘My Eternal Soul’ series (2009 – ongoing).

“When Kusama began her epic painting series ‘My Eternal Soul’ in 2009, she initially intended it to comprise 100 canvases. Still ongoing, the series of works in a riot of bright colours now includes more than 500 paintings, 24 of the very newest of which are featured in the exhibition,” said Saines.

Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow will run until 11 February, 2018.

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