Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors THE BROAD Oct 21, 2017 – Jan 1, 2018

August 3, 2017 by Laura Gomez

Yayoi Kusama
Matsumoto, Nagano prefecture, Chubu, Japan

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 will run from October 21, 2017 through January 1, 2018.

The Broad’s first visiting 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.

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 21, 2017–January 1, 2018), the Art Gallery of Ontario (March 3–May 27, 2018), the Cleveland Museum of Art (July 9–September 30, 2018), and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta (November 18, 2018–February 17, 2019).

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 through September 30, 2017, when it will temporarily transition to be included in the special exhibition through early January 2018. After the close of the special exhibition, the Infinity Mirrored Room will once again be accessible to free general admission ticketholders.

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 88-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.”

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

Image copyright:
Infinity Mirror Room—The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, 2013, courtesy of David Zwirner, New York; The Obliteration Room, 2002, collaboration between Kusama and Queensland Art Gallery, commissioned by Queensland Art Gallery. Artworks © Yayoi Kusama.

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