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The artist Yayoi Kusama | © Susanne Nilsson/Flickr
The artist Yayoi Kusama | © Susanne Nilsson/Flickr
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The Broad Announces Yayoi Kusama Retrospective Exhibition

Picture of Marnie Sehayek
Updated: 22 August 2016
Since the Broad Museum’s opening last September, its inaugural installation by artist extraordinaire Yayoi Kusama entitled ‘Infinity Mirror – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away’ has attracted thousands of visitors eager to complete the arty Instagram rite of passage of snapping a selfie in it. The immersive installation, bedazzled with glittering, colored lights that harken back to the cosmos has become a social media sensation, even making appearances on some high profile Instagram pages like Katie Perry’s. British songstress Adele loved the installation so much, she filmed a video in it and performed with it as a backdrop to her 2016 Brit Awards live performance of “When We Were Young.”

Last week, to the satisfaction of art lovers and artful selfie-takers everywhere, the Broad announced its first traveling special exhibition, ‘Infinity Mirrors,’ a Kusama retrospective spanning seven decades of the artist’s work. The show will debut on February 23, 2017 at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum, who organized the exhibit, before making its way to the Seattle Art Museum and the Broad from October 2017 to January 2018, followed by showings at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

The exhibition’s environments will include the artist’s well known 1965/2016 work ‘Infinity Mirror Room – Phalli’s Field,’ featuring a ball pit-esque sea of elongated white nodes covered in red polka dots, and another ode to polka dots, ‘Dots Obsession – Love Transformed Into Dots,’ from 2007. Paintings, works on paper and sculptures from the 1950s to the present will also be on display.