Yayoi Kusama is set to unveil a large scale Infinity Mirror Room in London later this year

11 July 2018

Portrait of Yayoi Kusama, © Yayoi Kusama

A Yayoi Kusama exhibition is set to open in London’s Victoria Miro this year including works from the artist’s acclaimed series, My Eternal Soul. The exhibit will showcase new paintings and sculptures, and visitors will be able to immerse themselves in a large-scale Infinity Mirror Room, created specifically for the show.

The Japanese artist exhibited her Mirror Rooms at the same space back in 2016 — and became one of the most “Instagrammable” exhibitions of that year, filling feeds with spotted, seemingly endless luminous pumpkins and polka dots.

The new Infinity Room will be filled with polka dot-painted lanterns hanging from the ceiling, giving the illusion of being in an endless space, and feature new work, and paintings. Her signature pumpkin, a feature of her work since the1940s, will return in the form of bronze sculptures painted red, yellow, and green, covered in black dots.

Kusama has painted pumpkins since childhood and recalls how she “would confront the spirit of the pumpkin, forgetting everything else and concentrating my mind entirely upon the form before me. Just as Bodhidharma spent ten years facing a stone wall, I spent as much as a month facing a single pumpkin. I regretted even having to take time to sleep.”

This is Kusama’s twelfth exhibition at the Victoria Miro gallery, and in 2020 she will create her first permanent UK installation for the new Crossrail station at Liverpool Street. 

Yayoi Kusama runs from 3 October to 12 December at London’s Victoria Miro alongside a feature-length film exploring Kusama’s life titled Kusama – Infinity.

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