8 things about Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama you might not know

On 9th June 2017, National Gallery Singapore will be holding its much-anticipated exhibition featuring artist Yayoi Kusama. Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow will be South East Asia’s first major survey of her work, showing a side of the 88-year-old doyenne beyond her famed polka-dots and red wig. The much-anticipated exhibition will feature her Instagram-worthy Infinity Mirror rooms and her latest works from her My Eternal Soul series.

Here are eight things you should know about Kusama before visiting the exhibition.

01: Yayoi Kusama is trained in Nihonga painting, a modern Japanese painting style

Her parents, traditional Japanese farm merchants, forbade her to pursue painting as a career and wanted her to be a housewife. Kusama refused, went to Kyoto and studied the Nihonga painting style. She found the rules and structures in the art style formal and restrictive, eventually dropping out to seek greener pastures in New York.