© Museum MACAN – Installation view

The opening of Museum MACAN last November has given Jakarta an A-grade platform for contemporary art where leading international artists can be presented to Indonesian art aficionados. The museum has obviously given tremendous impetus to the local art scene, and its first major showcase, dedicated to Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, also signals the city’s growing significance as an art destination. Entitled Yayoi Kusama – Life Is The Heart of The Rainbow, it’s a travelling exhibition which was previously held in Singapore and Brisbane, and now makes its final – and arguably most anticipated  stop in the Indonesian capital. Elaborate and detailed, the show explores the artistic development of Kusama’s practice over the span of almost 70 years, and includes early works from the 1950s.

With over 130 works that illustrate the artist’s creativity and important periods of her career and life, it’s the first major presentation of this leading Japanese artist ever seen in Indonesia. Since November, Museum MACAN has presented the iconic Infinity Mirrored Room – Brilliance of the Souls in the museum’s sculpture garden, that will be part of the upcoming show. More than 130 works are on display, including paintings, sculptures and works on paper, and five installations. As for the paintings on display, the show exhibition includes My Eternal Soul, a major painting series, which Kusama began in 2009 and is ongoing, comprising of more than 500 paintings, 24 of which are featured in this exhibition (on through Sep 9). Location: Museum MACAN, AKR Tower, Jalan Panjang 5, Level MM (Kebon Jeruk).

© Museum MACAN + Yayoi Kusama – Installation views and Life is the Heart of a Rainbow (2017)