Xerjoff Magazine

Yayoi Kusama: psychedelic emotions

Writer

An exciting psychedelic journey made of thousands of lights and colours, this is what the Infinity Mirror Rooms of artist Yayoi Kusama at Tate Modern in London offer their visitors.

Organised to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Tate Modern (Bankside, London SE1 9TG) last year and then called off due to the pandemic, the Infinity Mirror Rooms of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama finally reopened to the public at the well-known London museum overlooking the Thames until next 24th October. Now over 90 years old, Kusama took his first steps in the world of art in the New York of the 60s where he stood out for his eclectic and avant-garde artistic approach that saw her engage in installations, sculpture, painting, writing, fashion design.

In 1970s she moved to Tokyo where she is still successfully working today. The exhibition at Tate includes two immersive installations, (“Infinity Mirrored Room-Filled with the Brilliance of Life” and “Chandelier of Grief”), kaleidoscopic universes of lights and colours, carrying the viewer into another world characterised by an infinite, psychedelic and ethereal space. The “Infinity Mirrored Room-Filled with the Brilliance of Life”, among the artist’s largest installations, is a set of hundreds of coloured LEDs reflected on the floor, walls and ceiling and multiplying thousands of times. “Chandelier of Grief” creates instead a “boundless universe” of spinning Baroque chandeliers. This effect is obtained thanks to a chandelier studded with Swarovski crystals hanging inside a mirror room. For safety reasons and to avoide gatherings, both the rooms can be visited only for a few minutes. Besides the two Infinity Rooms, the exhibition includes vintage photos and videos coming from Kusama’s studio as well as various early works of the artist.