Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrors

February 4, 2019

The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, 2013.

 

The Obliteration Room, 2002-present, in Queensland.

 

 All the Eternal Love I Have for Pumpins, 2016.

 

     I’m sure by now you have seen photos on social media of a dark room of twinkling lights, or perhaps a polka dotted living room, or maybe even a room full of red and white speckled mushrooms. If you still want to see what the hype is all about, the Infinity Mirror exhibit in Atlanta is still open until February 17th!

Above: Yayoi Kusama with recent works in Tokyo, 2016.

Below:  Searching for Love, 2013.

     The High Museum proudly presents this creative masterpiece from Yayoi Kusama, displaying her art in rooms full of mirrors. Kusama was born in 1929 in Matsumoto, Japan, and she began experimenting with abstract art at age 19 around the end of World War II. Later in her life, she moved to New York, where she began to work on her ideas with Infinity Mirrors; today she is a highly regarded of the 20th century. Yayoi states that “one day, after gazing at a pattern of red flowers on the tablecloth, I looked up to see that the ceiling, the windows, and the columns seemed to be plastered with the same red floral pattern. I saw the entire room, my entire body, and the entire universe covered with red flowers, and in that instant my soul was obliterated and I was restored, returned to infinity, to eternal time and absolute space.” This realization led her to her ideas that soon became a massive success.

 

     The kaleidoscopic rooms in the museum allow spectators to dive right into her work, fully submerging themselves in the creative genius of the exhibit. These small rooms in fact make the visitors themselves a part of the art, such as by taking photographs in the mirrors. (See above: Person taking photo in an infinity mirror.) Although tickets to the exhibit are sold daily, they are extremely difficult to obtain (often people wake up in the early morning and stand outside to get them), and only one hundred are sold per day for a specific time slot. If you attempt to get tickets, I would recommend watching prices online if you are not willing to wake up early. In my opinion, the experience is worth it. Yayoi has had a stroke of genius with her exhibit and it has been widely supported by everyone who has witnessed it.

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