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Yayoi Kusama exhibition to open at the Tate Modern in London
Posted on 17/02/2020

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Tate Modern in London is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a year-long Yayoi Kusama exhibition.

Infinity Rooms, which will open on 11 May later this year, features two immersive mirror room installations created by the renowned Japanese artist.

One of the installations, 'Infinity Mirrored Room - Filled with the Brilliance of Life', is one of the artist's most celebrated - and largest - pieces, and was originally made for her 2012 retrospective exhibition at Tate Modern. As the title of the work suggests, the walls and ceilings are completely mirrored. Hanging from the ceiling are hundreds of small, round LED lights that flash on and off in an array of colours. A shallow pool surrounding a mirrored walkway reflects these pinpricks of light, giving the viewer the experience of being in a seemingly endless space.

The other, called 'Chandelier of Grief', is said to "create the illusion of a boundless universe of rotating crystal chandeliers".

Who is Yayoi Kusama?

Who is Yayoi Kusama?
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The nine decades of influential Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's life have taken her from rural Japan to the 1960s New York art scene to contemporary Tokyo, in a career in which she has continuously experimented with multiple mediums and styles of artistic expression. Best known for her endless dot patterns, her portfolio includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, film, performances and immersive installations.

Since 1977, Kusama has lived voluntarily in a psychiatric institution, and much of her work reflects her desire to escape from psychological trauma. In an attempt to share her experiences, she creates installations that immerse the viewer in her obsessive vision of repeating dots or infinitely mirrored space.

Tate London is celebrating 20 years

Tate London is celebrating 20 years
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Alongside Kusama's works, the gallery is also planning on unveiling a new series of 20 artwork pairings, featuring work by Louise Bourgeois and Lee Mingwei among others.

Most noteworthy is the return of Louise Bourgeois' iconic giant spider 'Maman' to Turbine Hall. This arachnidian sculpture is what first greeted visitors when Tate Modern opened back in 2000.

"Our plans for May 2020 encapsulate the best of Tate Modern. We will shine a spotlight on some of the newest artists to join our collection, go behind-the-scenes in our conservation studio, and run talks and tours across the building," says Tate Modern director Frances Morris.

"We also want to highlight some of the artists Tate Modern has championed over the past 20 years: Kusama and Bourgeois, for example, 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."

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Rooms runs from 11 May 2020 until May 9 2021.