The Los Angeles Broad Museum is set to exhibit Yayoi Kusama’s collection of six infinity mirrors in fall 2017.
The highly anticipated Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors will tour through North America beginning at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden on Feb. 23, 2017. It will then travel to four major museums in the United States and Canada, including the Seattle Art Museum, The Broad in Los Angeles, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Cleveland Museum of Art.
In the special exhibition, visitors will experience the artist’s signature infinite space distortion, kaleidoscopic environments and large-scale installations. Additionally, the exhibition includes new works created by the 88-year old artist such as large-scale vibrant paintings and her infinity room, called All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins.
One of The Broad’s most popular exhibits is Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away. Located in the lobby of the museum, her art piece is an immersive instillation with dangling LED lights that reflect off the mirrors and water creating the feeling of walking among the stars. Visitors can access this exhibit for no charge until this instillation is included in the paid special exhibit from mid-October 2017 through early January 2018.
“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.”
The exhibition organized by Mika Yoshitake will begin with the Infinity Mirror Room – Phalli’s Field installation, featuring the signature mirror room filled with red-spotted phallic tubers. It also includes Infinity Mirror Room – Love Forever, where visitors peer into a window to view flashing colors and kaleidoscopic shapes. Then, Dots Obsession – Love Transformed into Dots, a complete mirror room with pink and red inflatable balls covered in black dots.
The exhibit will also showcase a selection of 60 pieces of Kusama’s lesser known work. The exhibit will conclude with The Obliteration Room, the most interactive installation, where visitors are invited to cover a furnished white room with colorful polka dot stickers.
The Broad is the only museum in California that will host Kusama’s exhibition in 2017. Exhibition dates and ticket information will be announced closer to the opening.