Yayoi Kusama:Infinity Mirrors
Installation view of Infinity Mirror Room—Phalli’s Field, 1965, in Floor Show, Castellane Gallery, New York, 1965, courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore; Victoria Miro, London; David Zwirner, New York; The Obliteration Room, 2002, collaboration between Kusama and Queensland Art Gallery, commissioned by Queensland Art Gallery. Artworks © Yayoi Kusama.
About Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors
**Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room single installation is different than this special exhibition. The Infinity Mirrored Room is an installation that is on view now. The larger exhibition opens next year in October 2017.
The Broad’s first hosted special exhibition, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors--the first institutional survey to explore the celebrated Japanese artist’s immersive Infinity Mirror Rooms--will embark on the most significant North American tour of her work in nearly two decades, and The Broad will be the only California museum to host the exhibition when it comes to Los Angeles in 2017.
Following its debut at the organizing institution—Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden—on February 23, 2017, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors will travel to four major museums in the United States and Canada, including the Seattle Art Museum (June 30–September 10, 2017), The Broad in Los Angeles (October 2017–January 2018), the Art Gallery of Ontario (March–May 2018), and the Cleveland Museum of Art (July–October 2018).
Since opening in September 2015, The Broad has featured Kusama’s installation Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, 2013, from the Broad collection. One of the most popular artworks on view at The Broad, the installation is a mirror-lined chamber populated with a dazzling and seemingly vast array of LED lights creating a disorienting sense of limitless space. The work will be accessible to free general admission ticketholders until the opening of the Kusama paid special exhibition in mid-October 2017, when it will transition to be included in the special exhibition through early January 2018.
Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors will provide visitors with the unique opportunity to experience six of Kusama’s infinity rooms—the artist’s most iconic kaleidoscopic environments—alongside large-scale installations and key paintings, sculptures and works on paper from the early 1950s to the present, which contextualize the foundational role the concept of infinity has played in the artist’s work over many decades and through diverse media. The exhibition also marks the North American debut of numerous new works by the 87-year-old artist, who is still actively creating in her Tokyo studio. These include large-scale, vibrantly colored paintings and the recently realized infinity room, All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins, 2016, featuring dozens of her signature bright yellow, dotted pumpkins.
“Our Infinity Mirrored Room has become a cultural phenomenon and many of our visitors are extremely passionate about Kusama’s work,” said Joanne Heyler, founding director of The Broad. “The timing is right for an exhibition that contextualizes the infinity rooms and brings Kusama’s contributions to 20th and 21st century art into deeper focus. We are thrilled to present this unprecedented special exhibition at The Broad next year that engages seven decades of work by a phenomenal artist.”
As a paid special exhibition at The Broad, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors will include access to the rest of the museum. Dates and ticketing information will be announced closer to the exhibition opening.