Remember when Singaporeans went on a frenzy for Yayoi Kusuma’s Life Is The Heart Of A Rainbow exhibition at the National Gallery back in 2017? The polka-dotted installation drew up to 235,000 visitors over a three-month span. I wonder how many of those people actually visited the exhibit for the art and not just for the ‘gram. I find it fascinating that as a culture we’ve gone from simply viewing art to being interactive with it by posing and taking pictures thanks to social media and the advancement of technology.
Now as an art lover, imagine my excitement (and jealousy) when I learned that Tate Modern in London will be dedicating a year-long exhibit to Yayoi’s work. Including the world-renowned Infinity Mirrored Room–Filled with the Brilliance of Life. This installation will be part of Tate Modern’s 20th-anniversary celebration, which will commence on 11 May 2020.
In addition to Filled with the Brilliance of Life, Yayoi’s Chandelier of Grief will be part of the exhibition too. Museum-goers will be able to experience the illusion of a limitless world of rotating crystal chandeliers. Other artists that will be featured in the celebration include Louise Bourgeois’ giant spider Maman, which was one of the very first works visitors saw when Tate Modern opened its doors back in 2000.
On top of these exhibits, there will be an archive display depicting the story of Tate Modern with a handful of different mediums such as films, objects, and models. Take a listen to the newly recorded oral histories to learn more about the museum’s development over the years.
If you’re taking a trip to London within the next year for a holiday, make sure you don’t miss this anniversary celebration! The show runs for one whole year from May 2020.
Tickets go on sale on 11 March 2020.
Date:11 May 2020 – 9 May 2021
Location: Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
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