exhibitions / Installation

Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Mirror Room” Installation

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Photo Credit: Yayoi Kusama, Mirror Room (Pumpkin) 2016. Ota Fine Arts.

The must-see kaleidoscopic exhibition of colour and light “Infinity Mirror Room” by celebrated Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has opened this month in Washington DC at the Hirshhorn Museum.

The immersive twilight-zone spectacle featuring six of the artists Rooms is renewing interest from all ages in experimental practises and virtual spaces.

“When visitors explore the exhibition, they will inevitably become part of the works themselves, challenging their preconceived notions of autonomy, time and space.”

Ranging from peep-show-like chambers to multimedia installations, each of Kusama’s environments offers the chance to step into an illusion of infinite space. The rooms also provide an opportunity to examine the artist’s central themes, such as the celebration of life and its aftermath.

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Photos (left to right): Installation view “Infinity Mirror Room-Phalli’s Field” (1965) in “Floor Show”, Castellane Gallery, New York, 1965. Ota Fine Arts. “Infinity Mirrored Rom-The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away” (2013). David Zwirner, NY. (c) Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama had a breakthrough in 1965 when she produced Infinity Mirror Room—Phalli’s Field. Using mirrors, she transformed the intense repetition of her earlier paintings and works on paper into a perceptual experience.

“As Yayoi Kusama’s work is realized in different spaces, each venue will offer a unique sensory journey through Kusama’s world,” said Hirshhorn Associate Curator Mika Yoshitake, who organized the exhibition. “When visitors explore the exhibition, they will inevitably become part of the works themselves, challenging their preconceived notions of autonomy, time and space.”

The exhibition concludes with Kusama’s iconic participatory installation “The Obliteration Room” (2002), an all-white replica of a traditional domestic setting. Upon entering, visitors will be invited to cover every surface of the furnished gallery with Kusama’s signature polka dots, gradually engulfing the entire space in pulsating colour.

As would be expected, where there are polka dots, neon lights and a lost sense of time and self, you won’t be surprised to find Wayne Coyne.

 


In response to the extraordinary interest, the Hirshhorn is offering extended hours, with the exhibition remaining on view at the Hirshhorn through May 14, 2017, before embarking on a major North American tour through 2019.

For more information, visit kusama.si.edu.

 

 

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