Tickets to the Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Rooms at the Tate Modern are often sold out. People are desperate to see the famed work of the celebrated Japanese artist.
So much so, that the exhibition within The George Economou Gallery has been extended to 28 April 2024.
Within it, there is artwork and two immersive infinity rooms to discover.
The first, Infinity Mirrored Room – Filled with the Brilliance of Life. This room is one of Kusama’s largest installations and was made for her 2012 retrospective at Tate Modern.
The second, Chandelier of Grief. This room creates the illusion of a boundless universe of rotating crystal chandeliers.
What did I think of the Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Rooms?
Unfortunately, both infinity rooms have a time limit of only two minutes (although you can queue again).
I have to say, I found this exhibition underwhelming. The installations are small and the time limit didn’t add to a great experience. Although it is charming, I was expecting more from the famed artist.
The most interesting part was the photography and video that graced the gallery walls. Each with context, this media illustrated the life and tribulations of Kusuma. It was an interesting timeline and snapshot of her lived experience.
It saddened me to hear of her great struggle with her mental health. Although, it’s wonderful that she finds her art as a source of therapy.
Who is Yayoi Kusama?
Yayoi Kusama is revered by many as the most famous contemporary Japanese artist.
Born in Matsumoto, Japan in 1929, Kusama came to international acclaim while living in New York in the 60s. Since her discovery, her eccentric artwork has been celebrated by the masses. This includes a portfolio of paintings, sculptures, fashion design, writing and installations.
Kusama returned to Japan in the 70s. Having spent the last four decades living voluntarily in a Tokyo psychiatric hospital, she continues to work from her workshop to this day.
Exhibition dates and entry cost
Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Rooms are open until 28 April 2024. Tickets cost:
- £10 for general entry
- £5 for Tate Collective (16-25)
- Free with a Members ticket