2 Yayoi Kusama ‘Infinity Mirror Rooms’ Are Coming To Montreal

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Montreal will soon be able to step into several magical works by contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama. The new exhibition at the PHI Foundation in the old port of Montreal will showcase vibrant paintings by Japanese pop artists, special bronze pumpkin sculptures, and her two world-famous “Infinity Mirrors.” The illuminated installation immerses the viewer in the intricate design of the grass reflected on the mirror wall, creating an eternal illusion.

To see the masterpiece, visitors need to enter a room filled with glowing spheres that are white on the outside but glow and change color before suddenly darkening. The viewer is placed in the dark for a while before the hanging globe flickers and resumes the cycle intended to evoke death and rebirth.

The Infinity Mirror on display is part of her “Dancing Lights in Space” exhibition, which uses repetition and reflections to recreate the vastness of the universe.

Kusama’s artistic practice has long featured a mysterious combination of color, light and design to encourage viewers to think about their position in the world.

The PHI Foundation show will be the artist’s first solo exhibition in the state. Over the past few years, one of Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors was closest to Montreal five hours before 2019. That same year, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in Toronto also acquired one of her immersive installations for the permanent collection.

The PHI Foundation showcase includes a reading room with detailed information about the artist’s prolific career. She began producing her work in 1965, and since then many Infinity Mirrors have been talked about on social media and have become world-famous.

Admission to Kusama’s works is free, but reservations are required in advance.

Yayoi Kusama: Dancing light soaring into space

Artist Yayoi Kusama sits in a room full of colorful circles.

Courtesy of the PHI Foundation.

When: From July 6, 2022 to January 15, 2023

Location: PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art, 451 & 465 rue Saint-Jean

Cost: Free, but tickets must be booked in advance.

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