Life is the Heart of a Rainbow
The design intent was to create a clean, unobtrusive and neutral space
that respect and work with the strong artworks on display.
Size: 1,800 square metres  /   Location: Singapore  /   Year: Completion 2017
Type: Culture   /  Services: Exhibition
Team: Willie Koh, Benedict Tay, Oh Wenxin, Steve Lim, Wong Xiu Hui   /  Photographer: Khoo Guo Jie (Studio Periphery)
 
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Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of the Rainbow is the first blockbuster show at National Gallery Singapore in 2017. FARM was engaged as the overall exhibition designer, and graphics and wayfinding designer for the exhibition.

The design intent was to create a clean, unobtrusive and neutral space that respect and work with the strong artworks on display, and is in harmony with the existing architectural qualities of the National Gallery.


It was a close tripartite working relationship between FARM, the National Gallery team and the Yayoi Kusama studio to overcome the numerous technical constraints and challenges to install the artworks. Most of the works require a visually 'clean' and uncluttered wall and ceiling space. Therefore a lot of time and care was taken to hide the various existing M&E services.

Wayfinding and exhibition graphics was designed to visually bring out and strengthen the brand of Kusama, employing colours and patterns which relate to her current oeuvre of works.