Yayoi Kusama’s upcoming NYC show includes new infinity room

March 17, 2023

2019 Infinity Mirror Room; Photo by Tracie Hall on Flickr

World-renowned artist Yayoi Kusama will unveil new works in New York City this summer at her largest gallery exhibition yet. The exhibition, called “Yayoi Kusama: I Spend Each Day Embracing Flowers,” includes new paintings, her signature pumpkin and flower sculptures, and a new edition of Kusama’s super popular Infinity Mirror Room. The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, opens on May 12 at David Zwirner’s West 19th and West 20th Street galleries in Chelsea.

Kusama’s famous Infinity Room installations use mirrors to transform two-dimensional works into “kaleidoscopic environments that give the illusion of infinite space,” according to TimeOut New York. The incredibly popular installations draw hordes of New Yorkers.

When Kusama took over David Zwirner Gallery with one of her Infinity Mirror Room installations in 2017, over 75,000 people visited to the exhibit. The famed artist returned to the gallery in 2019 with an exhibition titled “EVERY DAY I PRAY FOR LOVE,” which experienced a comparable reception.

Due to the large number of visitors expected at Kusama’s new show, the gallery will be limiting each person’s time inside the Infinity Mirrored Room. According to the gallery, the shortest wait times to get into the show are during early weekday mornings.

Last December, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority unveiled new permanent floor-to-ceiling mosaics in the soon-to-open Grand Central Madison terminal. Kusama’s work spans roughly 875 square feet of glass and builds upon the artist’s My Eternal Soul series. The mosaic can be seen at the north end of the concourse between 46th and 47th Streets.

In April 2021, Kusama’s beloved polka-dot pumpkins, grand floral sculptures, and other stunning creations were installed at the New York Botanical Garden and remained on view for the entire summer.

The highly-anticipated exhibition marks a decade since her first exhibit with David Zwirner, according to the gallery.


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