Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrors Arrives at the AGO
Infinity Room: The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away
The highly anticipated Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors opens this weekend at the AGO. We were fortunate to preview the exhibition which has been met with overwhelming amazement and awe. With an unprecedented demand for tickets, the AGO will only be releasing blocks of tickets at specified dates, the next one being March 6, 2018 at 10:00 am. Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors provides an unforgettable sensorial ride through the mind and legacy of one of the world’s most significant artists.
Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors consists of six mirrored rooms that feature the artist's most iconic kaleidoscopic environment. Only 2 to 3 visitors will be allowed in each infinity room at a time and participants will only get to spend 20 to 30 seconds in the room. The exhibition also provides visitors with the unique opportunity to experience 7 decades of art making with over 60 fantastical installations and key paintings, sculptures and works on paper.
It marks the North American debut of numerous new works by the enigmatic artist, who still actively creates in her Tokyo studio. These include large-scale, vibrantly coloured paintings and the recently realized infinity room, All the Eternal Love I have for Pumpkins, featuring dozens of her signature bright yellow, dotted pumpkins.
Infinity Room: All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins - Photo credit: Toronto4Kids
The AGO’s presentation of Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors will be complemented by an installation of her 1966 work Narcissus Garden, featuring over 1,300 stainless steel mirror balls placed in the AGO’s Signy Eaton Gallery. Narcissus Garden is free to view with general admission.
Narcissus Garden, installation view at Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden 2016
In The Obliteration Room, Kusama provides visitors with colourful dot stickers to be used to eliminate traces of the original white room through the act of collective “obliteration.” Kusama uses a polka dot as a universal equalizer; a connector between all of us as we jointly participate in obliterating the environment by placing dots throughout this installation. The Obliteration Room will have unique Toronto elements; a modern living room leading to a backyard complete with bicycle, a cooler, a bonfire pit, Muskoka chairs and an ivy-covered wall.
Colour Dots to eliminate the 'white' in The Obliteration Room. Photo credit: Toronto4Kids
The Obliteration Room features unique Toronto elements - Photo credit: Toronto4Kids
Kusama was born in Japan in 1929. She suffered from mental illness as a child and found comfort in art. A painter, writer, sculptor and former art dealer, she voluntarily lives in a psychiatric hospital in Tokyo. Kusama developed her rooms from “hallucinations” and is obsessed with the concept of infinity.
Tickets will be available for sale online only through AGO.ca. Tickets are $21.50 for post-secondary students and youth ages 17 and under, $26.50 for seniors and $30 for adults. AGO Members are free and will have another exclusive opportunity to book tickets on March 20 at 10 am. The next block of Public tickets go on sale on March 6 at 10 am. There is a maximum of two (2) tickets per transaction. Children ages 5 and under are free but do require a ticket.
The touring exhibition is breaking attendance records at each stop having travelled to Washington, Seattle and Los Angeles, with final showings in Cleveland and Atlanta. The AGO will be the only Canadian stop, from March 3 to May 27, 2018.
Find out more at: http://ago.ca/exhibitions/kusama.