As one of the most successful living artists in the world now, Yayoi Kusama commands blockbuster crowds around the world. But her rockstar status didn’t come easy. Kusama: Infinity explores how the artist overcame countless odds to bring her radical artistic vision to the world stage. Film director Heather Lenz follows Kusama’s dizzying trajectory over six decades, probing deep into the artist’s psyche and motivations, offering an intellectually absorbing film that goes beyond a standard biopic.
Director: Heather Lenz
Subject: Visual Art
Languages: English, Japanese
Runtime: 78 mins
Screening: Singapore Premiere
A01 22 June 2019, Saturday 3:00pm - 4:20pm
A02 22 June 2019, Saturday 5:30pm - 6:50pm
A03 22 June 2019, Saturday 8:00pm - 9:20pmCLOSED
“A deeply human understanding of the untidy inner life of one of international culture’s biggest stars.”
““A portrait of the artist, ever in service to her vision of the world and fighting for her place in it.”
“Kusama:Infinity provides illuminating access to an artist’s way of thinking and working.”
“An entertaining account of one of modern art’s most unlikely success stories.”
“Watching her work obsessively makes you feel, and understand her pain and exhilaration.”
"A film about the struggles undertaken by a woman making it in a man's world.”
“Remembered as acutely sensitive, with a lifelong terror of sex, and a ruthless self-promoter.”
ABOUT YAYOI KUSAMA
Yayoi Kusama was born in 1929 in Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture, Japan. Since the age of ten, she has used polka dots and repetitive net motifs to create paintings in watercolours, pastels and oils. Her career has unfolded over several decades and transcended two of the most important art movements of the 20th century: Pop art and Minimalism. As one of the most—if not the most—popular artists in the world, she continues to draw record numbers of visitors to her exhibitions internationally, while photos of her Infinity Mirrored Rooms frequently go viral on social media.
Kusama is now based in Tokyo and is still tirelessly producing art and participating in exhibitions. In recent years, she has presented major shows at the Centre Georges, Pompidou, Tate Modern, and the National Gallery Singapore. She opened her own museum in Tokyo in 2017.
“I CONVERT THE ENERGY OF LIFE INTO DOTS OF THE UNIVERSE AND THAT ENERGY, ALONG WITH LOVE, FLIES INTO THE SKY.”
Since 2010, A Design Film Festival (DFF) has been bringing films on design and its subcultures to diverse audiences in Singapore and around the world. The first of its kind in Asia, DFF has seen over 100,000 attendees in more than 10 cities worldwide, including New York, Portland, Berlin, Seoul and Bangkok. The 2016 edition of the film festival in Singapore had a record-breaking 12,000 people in attendance.
DFF is founded and organised by creative lab Anonymous. Kusama: Infinity kickstarts the festival’s 8th edition, which will shine a spotlight on the human side of design. DFF2019 will be held in the second half of 2019.
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