I am not the biggest fan of museums but when something out of the ordinary comes up, like the colourful exhibition In Infinity by Yayoi Kusama at HAM Helsinki Art Museum at Tennis Palace (Tennispalatsi) in Helsinki city centre, I could not wait to have the opportunity to visit.Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist who creates lots of different types of art – installations, paintings, sculptures. And they all have one thing in common – polka dots.
The museum entrance was all painted with polka dots in red and white and once I reached the top of the stairs the artist dressed in a polka dot outfit was there to greet the guests.I did not have any prior expectations and not did not really know too much about the exhibition in advance. So once I stated exploring the exhibition at HAM Helsinki Art Museum I was totally blown away by the extraordinary pieces of art.
I get extremely inspired by dots and other graphical patterns as well as strong colours, so I immediately got empowered by Yayoi Kusama’s art work.As you can see the In Infinity exhibition was all about polka dots, in all sizes, patterns and colours.It also looked like Yayoi Kusama had a strange obsession with pumpkins as there were lots of art work especially sculptures and paintings with pumpkins.The In Infinity exhibition also hosted extensive installations with mirrors endlessly reflecting patterns and colours making you feel like you are in an endless space.My absolute favourite installation at HAM Helsinki Art Museum was the room full of paper lamp shades that beautifully changed colours with endless reflections from the mirrors.Before leaving HAM Helsinki Art Museum there was still one more space to explore on the bottom floor of the museum. It was a room painted in white, The Obliteration Room, that undergoes a slow transformation as visitors get to place colourful stickers throughout the space. Where would you place your sticker? I placed my little blue sticker on the tip of one of the high heel shoes.I absolutely loved this exhibition. It was such a colourful and inspirational experience. So weird but so wonderful at the same time. I can still see polka dots all over the place!
If this exhibition arrives in a city near you I can highly recommed a visit. What do you think of Yayoi Kusama’s art?
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