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Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

November 18, 2018–February 17, 2019

The High is proud to present the most comprehensive exhibition by Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, born 1929)—one of the twentieth century’s most influential artists—to tour North America in over twenty years.

Organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, this show will take visitors on an expansive journey across six decades of Kusama’s creative output and will explore the development of the artist’s Infinity Mirror Rooms, her iconic, kaleidoscopic environments. The exhibition will present six of these rooms as well as sculptures, paintings, works on paper, film excerpts, archival ephemera, and additional large-scale installations that span the early 1950s to the present day. Also on view will be numerous new works by the 89-year-old artist, who remains active in her Tokyo studio.

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  • Tickets are expected to sell out quickly
  • Member Ticket Sale: August 27–31, or until tickets sell out
  • General Ticket Sale: Beginning September 17

Infinity Mirrors has sold out at every venue, and the High Museum (the last venue of the North American tour) will be no different. This will not be a typical visit to the High. Be prepared to purchase your tickets in advance.

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“One day, after gazing at a pattern of red flowers on the tablecloth, I looked up to see that the ceiling, the windows, and the columns seemed to be plastered with the same red floral pattern. I saw the entire room, my entire body, and the entire universe covered with red flowers, and in that instant my soul was obliterated and I was restored, returned to infinity, to eternal time and absolute space.”
–Yayoi Kusama

Biography
Yayoi Kusama with recent works in Tokyo, 2016
Yayoi Kusama with recent works in Tokyo, 2016. Courtesy of the artist. Art © Yayoi Kusama. Photo by Tomoaki Makino.

Born in 1929, Yayoi Kusama grew up near her family’s plant nursery in Matsumoto, Japan. At nineteen, following World War II, she moved to Kyoto to study a traditional Japanese style of painting known as Nihonga that is typically made on washi paper or silk. During this period, Kusama began experimenting with abstraction, though it was not until her arrival in the United States in 1957 that she embraced it fully and began the phase that would characterize her mature work. While living in New York between 1958 and 1973, Kusama worked closely with important artists of the 1960s art world—including Eva Hesse, Allan Kaprow, and Donald Judd—while refining her signature dot and net motifs, developing her soft-sculpture pieces, and creating her first installations and performance-based works. In her 1965 Infinity Mirror Room—Phalli’s Field, Kusama first used mirrors to transform the intense repetition that marked some of her earlier works into an enveloping, seemingly endless experience. The artist returned to Japan in 1973 and has continued to develop mirrored installations, expanding her earlier work into immense and often immersive environments. Today, Kusama maintains an active studio practice in Tokyo, Japan, and is widely regarded as one of the most important artists of the twentieth century.

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Organization and Support

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors is organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

This exhibition is made possible by

Premier Exhibition Series Partner

Exhibition Series Sponsors

Ambassador Exhibition Supporters
Logo for Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Logo for Georgia Natural Gas.
Logo for Northside Hospital.
Tom and Susan Wardell

Contributing Exhibition Series Supporters
The Ron and Lisa Brill Family Charitable Trust
Marcia and John Donnell
Robin and Hilton Howell
Mr. and Mrs. Baxter Jones

Generous support is also provided by
Alfred and Adele Davis Exhibition Endowment Fund, Anne Cox Chambers Exhibition Fund, Barbara Stewart Exhibition Fund, Marjorie and Carter Crittenden, Dorothy Smith Hopkins Exhibition Endowment Fund, Eleanor McDonald Storza Exhibition Endowment Fund, Forward Arts Foundation Exhibition Endowment Fund, Helen S. Lanier Endowment Fund, Howell Exhibition Fund, Isobel Anne Fraser–Nancy Fraser Parker Exhibition Endowment Fund, John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Exhibition Endowment Fund, and Massey Charitable Trust