Before the first dot.. Yayoi Kusama’s ‘The obliteration room’


The current installation of Yayoi Kusama’s popular interactive children’s project has taken the work to a new scale, filling our Children’s Art Centre at GOMA.

This space has been transformed into a series of domestic—style rooms, reminiscent of the average Australian home, filled with furniture and objects painted entirely white. This functions as a blank canvas that becomes ‘obliterated’ over the course of the exhibition through the application of brightly coloured dot stickers.

This series of images shows The obliteration room in its pristine state before the exhibition opened, along with the application of the very first dot stickers.

You can revel in ‘The obliteration roomduring ‘Yayoi Kusama: Look Now, See Forever’, on display at GOMA until 11 March 2012. You can also read more about Yayoi Kusama and the exhibition at our dedicated website.

Yayoi Kusama, Japan b.1929 / The obliteration room (installation views) 2002 to present / Furniture, white paint, dot stickers / Collaboration between Yayoi Kusama and Queensland Art Gallery, commissioned by the Queensland Art Gallery / Gift of the artist through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2012 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © Yayoi Kusama / Courtesy: Yayoi Kusama Studio, Inc.