San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) announces Yayoi Kusama: Infinite Love, the first opportunity for audiences to experience any of Yayoi Kusama’s famed Infinity Mirror Rooms in the Bay Area. Yayoi Kusama’s irresistible, psychedelic art installations invite viewers to step into dazzling mirrored spaces that convey a feeling of unlimited potential and possibility.
Opening to the public on October 14, 2023, Yayoi Kusama: Infinite Love is the artist’s first solo museum presentation in Northern California. For many audiences, this will also be the first chance to see Kusama’s latest work, Dreaming of Earth’s Sphericity, I Would Offer My Love (2023), following its acclaimed debut in New York at David Zwirner gallery.
Kusama has stated, on the occasion of this presentation:
Enter the place of colors
Polka dots let in the sunlight of the earth
The heart Is filled with the shining light of the sun
All of the people who enter seeking the joy of being alive
Let there be eternal harmony among all in the circles and cycles of living
Peace and endless love for all
— Yayoi Kusama, 2023
“Yayoi Kusama’s captivating Infinity Mirror Rooms offer a tremendous opportunity for viewers to connect with the artwork and with each other,” commented Christopher Bedford, the Helen and Charles Schwab Director at SFMOMA. “We are thrilled that Kusama’s new immersive artwork will have its West Coast premiere at SFMOMA, exciting and inspiring new audiences and longtime fans alike.”
Admission is free for SFMOMA members and tickets for extended member preview days are available for reservation on September 5. Tickets for the general public go on sale September 12.
Yayoi Kusama: Infinite Love Overview
Forget yourself. Become one with eternity. Become part of your environment.
— Yayoi Kusama
Yayoi Kusama: Infinite Love features the artist’s latest astonishing Infinity Mirror Room: a room-sized, experiential artwork that transports viewers into dream-like universes of seemingly endless space. Distinctly recognizable, Kusama’s fascinating Infinity Mirror Rooms surround the viewer with surfaces that reflect a repetition of shapes—such as colorful polka dots, circles and spheres—together with fragments of one’s own reflection. The mirrored walls of the rooms may create a sense of existing in multiple locations across an infinite universe. This presentation offers visitors the unique opportunity to see work by Kusama that epitomizes the artist’s diverse interests in light, space, sculpture and poetry.
Kusama’s Dreaming of Earth’s Sphericity, I Would Offer My Love, (2023), welcomes the viewer into a universe of multicolored light. At first, the exterior of this sculptural work blends into the gallery’s all-white surroundings, punctuated by an array of large transparent acrylic dots, including a quadrant—or quarter-dot—door at one corner for visitors to enter. In the interior, bright ambient light filters through the colored windows to create a luminous, kaleidoscopic pattern of overlapping circles. As visitors turn around in the space, the mirrored surfaces create an environment that is constantly in flux.
Yayoi Kusama: Infinite Love exemplifies SFMOMA’s commitment to presenting the work of Asian and AAPI artists, including the first retrospective of Pacita Abad this fall, a gallery of paintings and drawings by Hung Liu and current and upcoming group exhibitions featuring key works from the museum’s collection by Japanese artists Yoko Ono, Tatsuo Miyajima, Rakuko Naito, Tadaaki Kuwayama and Takashi Arai, among others. SFMOMA is also recognized for its significant collection of Japanese photography.