- Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's work Love Is Calling is currently showing at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston, just a 5 hour drive from Montreal.
- The "Infinity Mirror Rooms" are among Kusama's most popular work.
- Another series of Infinity Mirror Rooms were met with enormous public interest in Toronto.
If you're on Instagram you have probably already seen her work; selfie after selfie of roomed infinity mirrors decorated in repeating polka dots painted on inflatable tentacles or balls.
Those are the works of 90-year-old Japanese pop art sensation Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirror Rooms. Kusama has been a fixture in the art world for over 50 years but gained worldwide recognition and stardom on Instagram. She has nearly 17, 000 followers and just her name #yayoikasuma garners over 800,000 posts alone.
Now you can see her work, and take your own private selfie, just 5 hours from Montreal at the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art. The museum is showing one of Kusama's mirrored masterpieces called LOVE IS CALLINGfor 18 months beginning September 24. If that makes you think, hey I've got tons of time to see it, you'd be wrong.
The first round of tickets were sold out in less than an hour and the exhibit is already booked through to the end of October. The next round of tickets will go on sale October 8 for members of the museum and October 15 for non-members.
If you do manage to get tickets, you will be granted a two minute-visit inside the exhibit to get as many Insta pics as you want.
There are only 20 Infinity Mirror Rooms in the world and LOVE IS CALLING is heralded as the biggest and most interactive (top pic below). It's a 14-by-28-by-20 foot room filled with vividly colored, horn-like shapes protruding from the mirrored walls, ceiling, and floor.
Alongside LOVE IS CALLING will be another exhibit called Beyond Infinity: Contemporary Art after Kusama which will showcase more of Kusama's work as well as other artists who have been inspired by her.
Though Kusama reached mainstream notoriety later in life, with her designs and art embraced by the likes of Louis Vuitton, and selling a print for $7.1 million in 2014 — the highest amount paid for work by a living female artist — it's important to note the museum exhibit is meant to celebrate all of Kasama's contribution to the art world for the past 60 years.
According to Jill Medvedow, the ICA’s Ellen Matilda Poss Director, "LOVE IS CALLING offers visitors the opportunity to experience the artist’s notion of the infinite, as well as her public performances that connect personal and political ideas about peace and connectivity.”
The photos on Instagram, though beautiful, don't do the LOVE IS CALLING exhibit justice. The experience is one of a kind and can never be replicated in images.
Why not experience infinity this year?
“Our earth is only one polka dot among a million stars in the cosmos/ Polka dots are a way to infinity.” – Kusama
Yayoi Kusama Exhibit At The Boston Institute of Contemporary Art
When: September 24, 2019 to February 7, 2021
Where: 25 Harbor Shore Dr, Boston, MA