One of the most unique, influential artists of the century, Yayoi Kusama is the red-haired Japanese artist behind the psychedelic installations you’ve glimpsed on your friends’ Instagram over the past two years. But way more than a cool backdrop for Instagram, her incredible, immersive installations have inspired art enthusiasts and newbies alike for decades. Her approachable art installations invite audiences to be included in her work, especially with the iconic piece, "The Obliteration Room," that requires audience participation (more on this below). The details:
Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors
Nov. 18, 2018 – Feb. 17, 2019
High Museum of Art
Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, born 1929), Infinity Mirrored Room -- The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, 2013, wood, metal, mirrors, plastic, acrylic, rubber, LEDs and water. Courtesy of David Zwirner, New York. © Yayoi Kusama.
Which Yayoi Kusama art installations will be on display?
Covering six decades of Yayoi Kusama’s artwork, the show features six of Kusama’s iconic "Infinity Mirrors" rooms, where visitors are immersed in dazzling, colorful, futuristic environments. The popular "Obliteration Room" is an all-white domestic space that gradually transforms into an explosion of color as visitors stick multicolored dots on walls, furniture and surfaces. In addition to the "Infinity Mirrors" rooms, the exhibition includes sculptures, paintings, works on paper, film excerpts, other large installations and recent works from the 89-year-old artist.
"Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors" runs Nov. 18, 2018, through Feb. 17, 2019, at the High Museum of Art. Atlanta is fortunate to be part of this North American tour, which kicked off at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C. in February 2017. Atlanta is the final stop on the "Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors" tour.
Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, born 1929), The Obliteration Room, 2002–present, furniture, paint and dot stickers. Collaboration between Yayoi Kusama and Queensland Art Gallery. Commissioned Queensland Art Gallery, Australia. Gift of the artist through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2012. Collection: Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia. © Yayoi Kusama. Photo by QAGOMA Photography.
Feeling FOMO? How to get tickets to the blockbuster Yayoi Kusama exhibition before its sold out.
Now that your inner FOMO (fear of missing out) has been activated, you’ll need to make plans to get tickets to this blockbuster show, which has sold out in every venue. High Museum members get first dibs at tickets on Aug. 27 at 10 a.m., followed by general ticket sales on Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. All tickets are timed and must be purchased in advance at High.org.
Expert tip: Review the details on the ticket purchasing process very carefully and create your High.org login in advance to be ready to jump into the online queue stat when tickets go on sale.
(Hense mural, Atlanta BeltLine. Image courtesy of Chris Watkins)
After the show, check out Atlanta street art such as this Alex Brewer (aka Hense) mural on the Atlanta BeltLine.
Plan your Atlanta Artcation
After the show, you’ll want to discuss and "reflect" on the experience over some food and drinks. Walk over to Twelve Eighty, located on Sifly Piazza across the High Museum or to a nearby restaurant in Midtown Atlanta.
Planning an Atlanta trip especially for this show? Stay at a Midtown hotel and enjoy Atlanta’s thriving art scene at the Woodruff Arts Center. There will be a multitude of music and theater performances to complement this exciting show. Or take part in Atlanta’s local art and creative scene, including discovering the many murals and street art that evoke the patterns, dots and colors of Kusama’s spectacular work.
When she’s not out and about enjoying festivals, art and all things ATL, Lily loves traveling with her husband and kids.
Carousel Image Credits:
- Yayoi Kusama with recent works in Tokyo, 2016. Courtesy of the artist. Art © Yayoi Kusama. Photo by Tomoaki Makino.
- Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, born 1929), Infinity Mirrored Room - Love Forever, 1966/1994, wood, mirrors, metal, and lightbulbs. © Yayoi Kusama. Photo by Cathy Carver.