"Culture, the acquainting ourselves with the best that has been known and said in the world, and thus with the history of the human spirit" - Matthew Arnold
Honestly, I went for this exhibition, not knowing much about Yayoi Kusama, only from what I've seen or heard, but I went in for the chance to experience something, and I did.
Going through the various galleries, the works transformed, and it took me on a journey she took as an artist and as a person. Her works for me felt like a reflection of not only her life but of the people and the times, from the hippie era of the 70s to the instagram-age of today. Her influences are astounding and I felt a sense of pride as a woman, to see her art being held in such regard on the world stage. (especially after seeing the photo of her in a kimono at the Venice Biennale in 1966)
Now, this is where social media comes in. Since the gallery opened, people have been posting photos and videos of themselves in the infinity rooms. I think this is great, and a wonderful way of bringing art away from the private sphere and presenting it to the public. Of course, all of the works are meant to be experienced, but this opens up the possibilities of so much conversation and dialogue, where art is now discussed by people of all walks of life.
By venturing into a gallery, theatre or performance space, what I hope is that people will change their mindset that art is only meant for the "elites" into something that can be appreciated by everyone.
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