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New "Infinity" Rooms by Yayoi Kusama Offer Expansive Look at Her Dreamlike Body of Work

For years, we've been enamored with the colorfully dazzling work of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. Her awe-inspiring installations feature a dizzying amount of dots that engulf the viewer in a fantastical, dreamlike world. Now, she has taken over the south wing of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark with her first comprehensive retrospective exhibition. Called In Infinity, it presents multiple works that capture the essence of her artistic language and fascination with cosmological and psychological spaces.

There are many different types of artworks to view in In Infinity. Visitors experience the infamous dotted rooms, inflatable habitats, mirrored spaces, a pumpkin-lined courtyard, as well as traditional paintings. Every space, no matter the medium, has Kusama's stamp on it, which results in a truly immersive adventure.

As with many retrospective shows, both Kusama's early and most recent works are displayed. Part of the exhibit is dedicated to her earliest drawings of nature subjects, while other galleries demonstrate the artist's monumental shift in portfolio after she emigrated to New York. They showcase the painting series called Infinity Nets, as well as Accumulations, an installation of furniture covered in hundreds of soft sculptures.

Kusama's exhibition also pays homage to her iconic installations, as she was one of the earliest artists to work in this genre. This includes: Polka Dot Love Room, which has been restored and presented for the first time since 1967; and Mirror Room (Pumpkin), a space filled with inflatable over-sized objects in a reflective room.

The 86-year-old artist is prolific, and she even created a new series of paintings especially for the exhibition. The entire retrospective is now on view until January 24, 2016.

Above photo credit: Kim Hansen

Photo credit: Kim Hansen

Photo credit: Kim Hansen

Photo credit: Kim Hansen

Photo credit: Kim Hansen

Photo credit: Kim Hansen

Photo credit: Poul Buchard

Photo credit: Poul Buchard

Photo credit: Kim Hansen

Photo credit: Poul Buchard

Yayoi Kusama: Website
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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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