An infinity of experience at the Hirshhorn Museum
Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors promises an unforgettable art experience, a unique opportunity to discover a legendary avant-gardist whose work influenced contemporaries from Andy Warhol to Claes Oldenburg, Donald Judd and more. This Hirschhorn exhibition is the first to focus on Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms and showcases six of these groundbreaking installations, the most ever shown together.
Yayoi Kusama began experimenting with mirrors while living in New York in the ’60s and early ’70s. It was then that she also honed her signature polka dot, net and soft sculpture motifs, and began staging infamous Happenings—performance-based works—around the city.
Largely forgotten by the end of the 20th century, Kusama entered a mental hospital due to overwork and the hallucinations that she credits as direct inspiration for much of her art. She’s been living there since by choice, her studio a short distance away. Now in her late eighties, she continues to produce an incredible body of work.
Kusama creates vast fields of polka dots, or “infinity nets,” as she calls them, as a way to explore the unknowable: “Our earth is only one polka dot among a million stars in the cosmos. Polka dots are a way to infinity,” she explains. From peep-show-like chambers to multimedia experiences, Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms offer the chance to step into an illusion of infinite space. Each of these these kaleidoscopic environments are completely immersive sensory journeys. It’s an experience not to be missed.
Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors is on view at the Hirshhorn Museum through May 14. Enjoy a preview of the exhibition here, below.