So LIT Right Now: Museum MACAN and Yayoi Kusama

Okay, so finally we stepped into the trending Museum MACAN, or The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara, the closest thing we can get to New York’s MoMA.

We’ve seen it on Instagram (or you’ve probably visited the place yourself) — but the sensation is true! We’ve never seen any museum in the city as crowded as the place (that’s why it’s recommended to book your ticket online). It was several days after Eid Holiday and the place seemed to be jam-packed with enthusiastic youth. “Busy day, is it?” Letter F asked Nina Hidayat, Communication Officer of Museum Macan who chaperoned us for the day. “Nope, we have more people on our first operational day after the Eid holiday.”


Our goal for the day was to learn more about the work of Yayoi Kusama, which will be exhibited in the museum until September. “Besides our permanent collection, we plan three special exhibitions per year,” Nina stated. “And for this exhibition, some collectors kindly participated by lending their personal collection to be displayed here. For example this Great Gigantic Pumpkin, which is a collection of Gandaria City.”


That’s why, adding both creations from Kusama’s Japan team and collectors from Indonesia, YAYOI KUSAMA: LIFE IS THE HEART OF A RAINBOW marks as the first large-scale exhibition of Yayoi Kusama’s work presented in the country; it includes over 130 works that span almost 70 years of artistic practice. The exhibition is organized by National Gallery Singapore and Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia in collaboration with Museum MACAN.


Yayoi Kusama, ‘the High-Priestess of Polka-dots’, has lived with her obsession towards dots for long time. When she was ten years old, she began to experience vivid hallucinations  in the forms of flashes of light and fields of dots. These hallucinations also included flowers that spoke to Kusama, and patterns in fabric that she stared at coming to life, multiplying, and engulfing or expunging her — a process which she has carried into her artistic career.

So if you’re into an exhibition that’s full of visual provocation, just enter the whimsical world of Yayoi Kusama at Museum MACAN. Prepare to be overwhelmed, but don’t forget to take time to stand still and reflect the meaning of each works because – yes, Yayoi Kusama is more than just fantastical dots.


Reporter: Olivia Elena Hakim
Photographer: Hans Faris Ebenhaezer




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