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[SCREENING AND Q&A] National Gallery Presents NEAR EQUAL KUSAMA YAYOI – I ADORE MYSELF
5 August 2017 - 6 August 2017
Near Equal Kusama Yayoi – I Adore Myself
Dir. Takako Matsumoto | Japan | Japanese with English subtitles | 104 min | NC16
This documentary observes avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama at work as she completes a series of 50 large monochrome drawings entitled Love Forever for an exhibition in New York, and which is now also on show in the first major survey of her work in Southeast Asia at National Gallery Singapore. While doing so, she makes cameo celebrity appearances on television, and receives her country’s pre-eminent cultural award–the Praemium Imperiale–from the emperor.
Filmed over a period of 18 months, director Matsumoto gets up close and personal with the artist. Through casual interviews, conversations between Kusama and her assistants, and even poetry recitations, the film offers an intimate portrait of a remarkable artist whose eccentricities, self-obsession and intense dedication continue to intrigue the world today.
Near Equal Kusama Yayoi – I Adore Myself has won the JAPAN CUTS Audience Award (USA, 2008) and the CAMERA JAPAN Audience Award (Netherlands, 2008).
The screening includes a post-show Q&A with director Takako Matsumoto and exhibition curator Russell Storer.
This film programme is held in conjunction with the exhibition YAYOI KUSAMA: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow, which runs from 9 June to 3 September 2017 at National Gallery Singapore.
Date: 5 & 6 August 2017
Time: 3:00 PM
Venue: Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium, National Gallery Singapore, 1 Saint Andrew’s Road
Tickets: Free – registration required. Register here.
Doors open at 2:45 PM for registered patrons. For visitors without a confirmation email, admission will begin 10 minutes before the screening on a first come, first served basis as seats become available.
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National Gallery Singapore is a new visual arts institution which oversees the largest public collection of modern art in Singapore and Southeast Asia. The Gallery is housed in two national monuments—former Supreme Court and City Hall—that have been beautifully restored and transformed into this exciting venue in the heart of the Civic District. Reflecting Singapore’s unique heritage and geographical location, the Gallery features Singapore and Southeast Asian art in its long-term and special exhibitions. It also works with leading museums worldwide to co-present Southeast Asian art in a wider context, positioning Singapore as a regional and international hub for the visual arts.