Celestial programming at Los Angeles’ The Broad continues with the highly anticipated special exhibition Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, which opens on October 21 and will be on view until January 1 2018. The limited 10-week run will give visitors the chance to explore six of the immersive, kaleidoscopic Infinity Mirror Rooms created by the revered Japanese artist, as well as more than 60 paintings, sculptures, collages and archival materials. A limited edition collaboration with The Shop at The Broad ensures some of Kusama’s stardust can be taken home, too.
Devotees can expect to lose themselves in Infinity Mirror Room – Phalli’s Field,1965/2016, a mirror-lined space covered with hundreds of red-spotted phallic tubers, and Infinity Mirrored Room – Love Forever, 1966/1994, Kusama’s hexagonal chamber teeming with technicolour flashing lights and the mirror panels that were used to stage group performances in the artist’s studio in the 1960s. Kusama’s signature graphic polka prints will send viewers dotty in Dots Obsession – Love Transformed into Dots,2007/2017, a domed mirror room surrounded by inflatables suspended from the ceiling, while brilliant LED spaces – many featuring glass mirrors – include Infinity Mirrored Room – Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity, 2009, as well as Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, 2013, which is from The Broad’s permanent collection.
The Broad has collaborated with the Kusama studio and French maker Bernardaud to create items celebrating the exhibition that are exclusive to The Broad and available only at the museum. Mementoes include a porcelain Infinity platter with five Mirror Loop Cups ($595), espresso cups and saucers (set of two; $195) – both by Bernardaud – as well as accessories including a silk Infinity scarf ($125), Lys Sacre fragranced candles ($95) and a zip leather Infinity clutch ($75). And because this is California, there will also be limited edition Mirrored Room Skate Decks [skateboards] ($200) and Flowering Heart Triptych Skate Decks ($595) for die-hard fans of both the avant-garde Japanese artist and this ultimate LA pastime.