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Undeniable Proof Kusama's 'Infinity Room' Is the Best for Photos

A trip to the 'Infinity Room' is like a tour inside the artist's mind.
August 17, 2016, 12:30pm

Reserved line up for 5hrs but just allowed to stay 45s in this stunning mirror room, all I can say it really worths!! I guess is how it feels like when traveling in universe 

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Jun 16, 2016 at 8:48pm PDT

Art world legend, friend to Andy Warhol and Georgia O'Keefee, and arguably the most popular artist in the world, Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Room is the crème de la crème of experiential art. Pop stars from Katy Perry to Adele have entered her ethereal, neverending environments, which, the artist tells BOMB Magazine, "[originate] from hallucinations only I can see." She elaborates, "I translate the hallucinations and obsessional images that plague me into sculptures and paintings... I have been painting pictures since I was about ten years old when I first started seeing hallucinations."

Whether it's to connect with Kusama's lifelong artistic struggle or to simply appreciate her aesthetic, visiting her installations can become a struggle in itself. The Broad Museum in Los Angeles employs a complex queuing system that requires visitors to reserve a one-minute time slot in Kusama's Infinity Mirrored Room once they've entered the building. "Due to the limited capacity of the installation, not all visitors are able to experience it, as the queue for viewings usually books up early in the day," the website warns.

Those who don't live near one of her current exhibitions have an even harder time experiencing Kusama's work, as she hasn't had a North American tour in 20 years. That's about to change, though, as a chronological series of her infinity rooms will be traveling across the US and Canada starting in early 2017 and ending in the fall of 2018. Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, will chart the artist's growth through six mirrored installations, beginning with a replica of her breakthrough 1965 Infinity Mirror Room—Phalli's Field, and ending with All the Eternal Love I have for Pumpkins (2016). The show will begin at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC on February 23, 2017, then travel to the Seattle Art Museum (June 30 - Sept. 10, 2017), The Broad in Los Angeles (Oct. 2017- Jan. 2018), the Art Gallery of Ontario (March - May 2018), and the Cleveland Museum of Art (July - Oct. 2018).

For Instagrammers and shutterbugs the world over, it's a profile picture dream come true. Chart Kusama's evolution as an artist through these stunning pictures of her work:

Thank you to Yayoi Kusama for allowing me to film in her infinity mirrored room @thebroadmuseum for the footage for my Brits performance last night, it was an amazing experience.

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Feb 25, 2016 at 1:52pm PST

#infinityroom #lights #kusamayayoi #yayoikusama #草間彌生 #thebroad #museum #pretty #infinitymirroredroom #worththewait

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Jul 30, 2016 at 10:09pm PDT

Lichtspiel @louisianamuseum #KUSAMAINSTALLATION #GleamingLightsoftheSouls #YayoiKusama #copenhagen #danemark #vacation #summer2016

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Aug 11, 2016 at 1:06pm PDT

. . 93 percent stardust . we have calcium in our bones, iron in our veins, carbon in our souls, and nitrogen in our brains. 93 percent stardust, with souls made of flames, we are all just stars that have people names. . . ~@nikita_gill from her poetry anthology, Your Soul is a River . . { i am reading... } • #augustbreak2016 6|31 .  infinity in rose. @thebroadmuseum . installation :: The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away artist :: yayoi kusama . . #stardust #theinfinityroom #thebroadmuseum #thebroad #yayoikusama #artist #thesoulsofmillionslightyearsaway #mirrors #nikitagill #yoursoulisariver #selfportraitureasmedicine #photographyasmedicine #everythingismedicine #mavieenrose #lovejennah .

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Aug 6, 2016 at 8:07am PDT

Infinity Mirrored Room - The Souls of a Million Light Years Away - artist , Yayoi Kasuma #CosmicOcean

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Jun 9, 2016 at 7:51am PDT

Little lights #yayoikusamainfinityroom

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Dec 16, 2013 at 8:00pm PST

"My wish is for you to explore yourself and find a marvelous view of life during your life. And my wish is that it comes from your own creativity by the power of art." Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity. #kusamauniverse #yayoikusama #infinityroom #attheendoftheuniverse #installationart #exhibit #mfah #art #beautiful #nofilter

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Aug 5, 2016 at 6:08am PDT

Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirrored Room at the @modernamuseet. If you happen to be around don't miss this exhibition  #teapotinstockholm #modernamuseet #yayoikusama #stockholm #infinity

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Jul 20, 2016 at 12:33am PDT

@artofchoice_ So Blue Too Blue Very Bluetiful #yayoikusama

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Aug 13, 2016 at 11:15pm PDT

圓點執念 Dots Obsession, 2015 #kusamayayoi #草間彌生 #polkadots #dots #exhibition #taichung #taiwan

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Jul 9, 2015 at 10:51pm PDT

圓點執念 Dots Obsession, 2015 #kusamayayoi #草間彌生 #polkadots #dots #exhibition #taichung #taiwan

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Jul 10, 2015 at 7:44am PDT

 #themuseumofcontemporaryart #japaneseart #polkadots #yayoikusama #草間彌生

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Aug 12, 2016 at 9:52pm PDT

Infinity dots mirrored room #artinstallation #installationart #yayoikusama

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Aug 12, 2016 at 10:52am PDT

Another piece from #YayoiKusama's collection~  #26072016 #yewkaylife #summer

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Aug 4, 2016 at 7:32am PDT

Sat Nav Saturday this week, we're taking you to visit the work of one of the most important living artist from Japan, 'Yayoi Kusama'. Not only she's a woman but she's also been creating havoc in the art scene since the 50's. Throughout her career she's been practiced in a variety of media but what we seems to recognise most is her installation which involved eye popping colour objects played with the idea of perception. She's 87 this year and still kicking it hard in the art scene. Go Yayoi! #satnavsaturday #baanbarryontour #yayoikusama #alltheeternalloveihaveforpumpkins

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Aug 13, 2016 at 1:00am PDT

To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it. — Osho . 'Gleaming Lights of the Souls' by Yayoi Kusama. The installation is a 4x4 meter space. The walls and ceiling are covered with mirrors, the floor is a reflecting pool, and you stand in the middle of the water on a platform. It's brilliant! #girlsinmuseums

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Aug 9, 2016 at 4:30pm PDT

"Ifinity Mirror Room" at Tate Museum#YayoiKusama #art #artwork #theseeaboutthestars #wonderfuldream just like a fantastic dream attract me,just like u and thank for ur yesterday liking againI feel sooo happygoodmorning~ @choi_seung_hyun_tttop

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Aug 15, 2016 at 4:40pm PDT

You have no idea how excited I am to learn @agotoronto will be the only Canadian stop for highly anticipated Yayoi Kusama exhibition #infinitymirrors --- Following its debut at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden on Feb. 23, 2017, which is the organizing institution, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors will travel to four major museums in the United States and Canada, including the Seattle Art Museum (June 30–Sept. 10, 2017), The Broad in Los Angeles (October 2017–January 2018), the Art Gallery of Ontario (March—May 2018), and the Cleveland Museum of Art (July–October 2018). (Photo repost @hirshhorn ) #yayoikusama #toronto #infinitekusama #arts #contemporaryarts

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Aug 16, 2016 at 12:02pm PDT

Cleme and I. "The passing winter" #YayoiKusama #London #Tate

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Aug 9, 2016 at 11:38am PDT

Circles illusion #thepassingwinter #yayoikusama #art #exhibition #tatemodern #london

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Aug 10, 2016 at 7:50am PDT

"The souls of millions of light years away" #yayoikusama

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Aug 10, 2016 at 4:08pm PDT

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