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The Broad’s Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors Sells Out In An Hour

Yayou Kusama's Infinity Mirrors

If you live in Southern California, your best chance to see artist Yayoi Kusama’s Mirrored Infinity Room may be right here. Why? Because The Broad museum’s highly anticipated exhibit sold all 50,000 available tickets within an hour. It’s no comparison to experiencing it in real life, but we’ve got a look at the six infinity rooms and more from the show for you.

The Broad’s Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

Whoever says Los Angelenos have no interest in real culture, did not try to buy advance tickets to Yayoi Kusama‘s exhibit at The Broad.

Yayou Kusama's Infinity Mirrors
The Broad façade photographed by Iwan Baan

Rather than release advance tickets month to month, as the Broad has done before, the contemporary art museum released all 50,000 tickets for the entire Kusama run — online at noon on Sept. 1. The show, the Broad’s first visiting special exhibition, was expected to be the museum’s most popular since it opened in 2015. The lightening speed with which the tickets sold out proved that to be true.

The online digital queue held more than 150,000 people waiting within the first five minutes of the sale on September 1st, all hoping to get one of the available 50,000 tickets to the extremely limited capacity event.

To clarify, The Broad’s infinity mirrored room — The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away on view now (and shown above), is a part of the special exhibition Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors opening October 21st. In addition to this room, five more Infinity Mirror Rooms – all shown below – will be on view, including her latest, Infinity Mirrored Room — All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins, which was made just last year.

Here are images of the six mirrored rooms and The Obliteration room in the upcoming “completely-sold-out-and-impossible-to-get-into” exhibition, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors.

Infinity Mirror Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, 2013 (photo courtesy of The Broad):

Infinity Mirror Room — Phalli’s Field (Floor Show), 1965/2016 (photo courtesy of The Broad):

Infinity Mirrored Room — Love Forever, 1966/1994 (photo by Cathy Carver):

Infinity Mirrored Room – All The Eternal Love I have for Pumpkins, 2016

above images courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore and Victoria Miro, London

Infinity Mirrored Room — Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity, 2009(photo by Cathy Carver):

Infinity Mirrored Room Dots Obsession — Love Transformed into Dots, 2007 (photo by Cathy Carver):

These six kaleidoscopic infinity rooms will be shown alongside large-scale installations, key paintings, sculptures and works on paper from the early 1950s to the present.

The exhibit culminates with experiential The Obliteration Room (photo by Cathy Carver):

The experiential rooms can accommodate one or two visitors at a time for about 30 seconds. And there is no going back to a room once you’ve experienced it. The rooms are completely covered with mirrors and dozens of reflecting hanging LED lights, which accumulate and expand exponentially inducing a “trippy’ effect for lack of a better term.

The following images of Kusama’s sculptural pieces and installations which are expected to be in the upcoming show were taken by photographer Cathy Carver at The Hirschhorn where the traveling exhibit was shown from Feb – May of this year):

The exhibit will also include a number of paintings from her most recent series My Eternal Soul that have never been shown in the US.

Yayoi Kusama with recent works from her My Eternal Soul series in Tokyo, 2016 photo by Tomoaki Makino

Press release: “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors”
The Broad’s first visiting special exhibition, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors is the first institutional survey to explore the celebrated Japanese artist’s immersive Infinity Mirror Rooms. This exhibition will embark on the most significant North American tour of her work in nearly two decades, and The Broad will be the only California museum to host the exhibition.

“The timing is right for an exhibition that contextualizes the infinity rooms and brings Kusama’s contributions to 20th and 21st century art into deeper focus.” -Joanne Heyler, Founding Director of The Broad

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors will provide visitors with the unique opportunity to experience six of Kusama’s infinity rooms—the artist’s most iconic kaleidoscopic environments—alongside large-scale installations and key paintings, sculptures and works on paper from the early 1950s to the present, which contextualize the foundational role the concept of infinity has played in the artist’s work over many decades and through diverse media. The traveling exhibition marks the North American debut of numerous new works by the 88-year-old artist, who is still actively creating in her Tokyo studio. These include large-scale, vibrantly colored paintings and her most recent infinity room, All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins, 2016.

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors is organized by Mika Yoshitake, curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. The exhibition is traveling to several major museums in the United States and Canada, including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (February 23-May 14, 2017), Seattle Art Museum (June 30-Sept. 10, 2017), The Broad, Los Angeles (October 21, 2017-January 1, 2018), Art Gallery of Ontario (March 3-May 27, 2018), Cleveland Museum of Art (July 9-September 30, 2018) and The High Museum, Atlanta (November 18, 2018-February 17, 2019).