Let’s be clear, the tickets were sold out until 30th September long time ago. You will not be able to buy tickets from the counter and staff will not let you sneak into the exhibition without a valid ticket, that basically means: buy a Tate membership today to see it! And it’s worth it.
Tate Modern really presents a rare chance for all to experience the amazing Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms in London, these immersive installations will transport you into Kusama’s unique vision of endless reflections, without being lost in translation in Tokyo.
Born in 1929 in Matsumoto, Japan, Kusama is now 93 years old, slightly younger than our beloved Queen. She came to international attention in 1960s New York for a wide-ranging creative practice that has encompassed installation, painting, sculpture, fashion design and writing. Since the 1970s she has lived in Tokyo, where she continues to work prolifically and to international acclaim. There is a small presentation of photographs and moving image – some on display for the first time – provides historical context for the global phenomenon that Kusama’s mirrored rooms have become today.
Before entering the mirror rooms, there is a small installation for some warming-up visual pleasure. And then there you go, the final section of two mirror rooms. Moving images are projected on the wall. The Chandelier of Grief room is smaller. People are organised into groups, 4-5 in each group, being led into the room for a stay of maximum 2 minutes. If you feel dizzy, just knock the door and staff will let you out.
No one knocked during my visit.
The next room Brilliance of Life is much bigger and long queue expected. It is estimated around 10-15 minutes waiting. Once inside the room, I felt myself immersed in the universe. I was small, and happy. The reflection from mirror and water was enormously beautiful. I wanted to stay for an hour or two, alone.
Unfortunately I had companies, and sadly there came a voice: “Time is up!”
There is a hint for this room: move along the path and do not fall into the water, or your foot will get wet. Obviously, I did not move at all, just looked at the lights through the viewfinder and took pictures. I wish I had joined the queue again, laid down my camera, stared at the shining stars and done nothing.
The brilliance of life it is.
The exhibition information can be found here: https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/yayoi-kusama-infinity-mirror-rooms
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