Yayoi Kusama’s Immersive Interiors On View at the Hirshhorn Museum

Expanding the limitations of an interior space that is defined by walls, “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors” is now on view at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.

Exterior of “Infinity Mirrored Room – All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins” (2016). Photo courtesy Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

The retrospective of the eccentric artist’s 65-year career—running through May 14 before traveling to the Seattle Art Museum—features six enclosed “Infinity Mirrored” rooms positioned around one of the Hirshhorn’s rings and individually complemented by their own waiting areas.

Collection of the artist. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo / Singapore and Victoria Miro, London. © Yayoi Kusama

“The Hirshhorn’s circular architecture, which can be read as an infinite space in itself, provides an ideal setting for these constructed environments,” said Museum Director Melissa Chiu. “Visitors exploring the building inevitably become part of the works, activating them by participating in Kusama’s sensory pilgrimage.”

Collection of the artist. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore; Victoria Miro, London; David Zwirner, New York. © Yayoi Kusama

Lined with mirrors, the interiors provide an endless repeat of reflections of their various contents, creating a kaleidoscopic environment that is void of any sense of scale.  “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors” will also be displayed at The Broad in Los Angeles, the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta over the course of the next three years.

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