Yayoi Kusama’s work has transcended two of the most important art movements of the second half of the twentieth century: pop art and minimalism. Her highly influential career spans paintings, performances, room-size presentations, outdoor sculptural installations, literary works, films, fashion, design, and interventions within existing architectural structures, which allude at once to microscopic and macroscopic universes.
Born in 1929 in Matsumoto, Japan, Kusama’s work has been featured widely in both solo and group exhibitions. She presented her first solo show in Japan in 1952. In the mid-1960s, she lived in New York where she became an important avant-garde artist by staging groundbreaking and influential happenings, events, and exhibitions. In 1965 Kusama produced her first Infinity Mirror Room. Building on the repetition found in her paintings and sculptures, this artwork used mirrors to create an illusion of infinite space. Since then Kusama has made more than 20 unique rooms.
She returned to Japan in 1973. Her work gained widespread recognition in the late 1980s following a number of international solo exhibitions, including shows at the Center for International Contemporary Arts, New York and the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England, which both took place in 1989. She represented Japan in 1993 at the 45th Venice Biennale to much critical acclaim. At age 90 Yayoi Kusama continues to produce interactive, infinity-like spaces, as well as paintings and sculptures.
ABOUT THE ARTWORK
For more than 60 years, Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama (born 1929) has invited people to participate in her groundbreaking visions of infinity. Over the past three decades, this prolific experimental artist has become an internationally acclaimed art-world icon, with work presented across the globe.
INFINITY MIRRORED ROOM – LET’S SURVIVE FOREVER features mirrored spheres suspended from the ceiling and arranged on the floor. A mirrored column inside the room invites visitors to peer into a seemingly infinite field of silver orbs.
Thanks to the generosity of the David Yuile & Mary Elizabeth Hodgson Fund and over 4,700 #InfinityAGO donors who participated in the AGO’s ambitious crowdfunding campaign, Yayoi Kusama’s INFINITY MIRRORED ROOM – LET’S SURVIVE FOREVER is now a part of the AGO Collection.