Feeling Dotty At GOMA’s The Obliteration Room

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Feeling dotty at GOMA’s The Obliteration Room

Yayoi Kusama’s Obliteration Room returns to GOMA from this weekend.

If your kids are anything like mine their obsession with stickers starts young. I remember using a sticker reward chart when we were toilet training our now three-year-old. One day I made the rookie mistake of leaving the stickers within toddler height.

Five minutes of suspicious quiet time later, I walked into her bedroom. Half of the sticker book had found a new home on the chest of drawers.

At the time I was far from impressed. But as it turns out, I may very well be bringing up the next world-famous artist.

GOMA Obliteration Room fun for Brisbane kids
Fun for kids (and kids at heart. (Source QAGOMA)

Popular free interactive children’s project

Yayoi Kusuma has created a space that is set up as a series of rooms, not dissimilar to your average Brisbane home. Intended to create familiarity for visitors (particularly children) so they feel comfortable in the space.

The rooms are filled with furniture and other objects that are completely white. That act as a pristine blank canvas to be ‘obliterated’ throughout the exhibition months.

GOMA Obliteration Room before the dots
The pristine room before the kids are let loose (Source: QAGOMA)

Kids (and kids at heart) will love the freedom of the Obliteration Room. Given a sheet of brightly coloured dot stickers as you walk into the room you become artists. Simply stick away until your heart’s content (or until you run out of stickers).

It turns out my three-year-old was onto something. Sticking dots on furniture is actually both fun and therapeutic.

It all started here in Queensland

Whilst international demand has seen Kusama’s The Obliteration Room travel the world, it was first developed back in 2002 in collaboration with the Children’s Art Centre.

Now more than three million people have participated in the work throughout the world.

The 2017 installation coincides with the ‘Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow’ exhibition which opens on 4 November 2017.

GOMA Obliteration Room coloured dots
Some blank space on the roof has my name on it (Source: QAGOMA)

Make a day of it

Jump on a train to the city and head to Southbank which is home to the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA).

The free event runs from 14 October 2017 to 4 February 2018. Which is great because as the space transforms over time, you may find yourself tempted to return again and again to see how the rooms evolves.

If you are planning to visit soon, you may like to make a day of it by coinciding with the popular Toddler Tuesday program.

Which runs from 10 am each Tuesday from now until 28 November 2017.

Toddler Tuesday encourages toddlers to have fun while learning about art and is suitable for children aged 18 months to 4 years.

You need to make sure you book if you want to come along to Toddler Tuesday as there are capacity restrictions.

The Obliteration Room, however, requires no booking.

Are you planning to attend this year’s Obliteration Room?


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Katie is the Managing Director and Editor of Mums of Brisbane. Most days will find her drinking copious amounts of coffee, cuddling her kids and trying not to step barefoot on lego. Katie lives in Beautiful Brisbane with her husband and four gorgeous children.