Tate Modern Plans Year-Long Yayoi Kusama Exhibition – ARTnews.com

In 2019 alone, Yayoi Kusama, had a solo show at David Zwirner in New York, along with presentations at the Toledo Art Museum in Ohio and the Westport Arts Center in Connecticut, among other locations. This year will be no different for Kusama, who is enjoying a late-career period of success, with the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. having announced a forthcoming exhibition of the artist’s highly coveted installations and the Gropius Bau in Berlin planning a major retrospective for her.

Add to all that another major Kusama presentation headed to London. On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, starting on May 11, Tate Modern will stage a year-long exhibition of works by Kusama. Titled “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Rooms,” the presentation will include two of the Japanese artist’s immersive “Infinity Mirror Rooms,” which are sought out by art lovers and Instagram users around the world. The show will also feature photos and video footage Kusama’s early performance pieces.

Among the reflective installations that will be on view will be Infinity Mirrored Room–Filled with the Brilliance of Life (2011/17), which sets blue, red, and green lights in a mirrored space, and Chandelier of Grief (2016), in which elaborate crystal light fixtures seem to engulf their surroundings. Infinity Mirrored Room–Filled with the Brilliance of Life has some history with Tate—it was originally created for Tate Modern’s 2012 Kusama retrospective.

“Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Rooms” will coincide with another Kusama presentation at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, where polka-dotted sculptures of flowers, a monumental bronze work titled Dancing Pumpkin (2020), paintings, and installations will span the institution’s 250 acres.

As part of its anniversary celebrations, Tate Modern will also return Louise Bourgeois’s large-scale bronze spider Maman (1999) to its Turbine Hall, where it was situated when the museum opened in 2000.

Frances Morris, director of Tate Modern, said in a statement that Kusama and Bourgeois “not only represent our commitment to great artists with truly international careers, but they also embody art’s journey from the avant-gardes of the early 20th-century to the immersive installations being created today.”

Tickets for “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Rooms” go on sale March 1.

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