The Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum has acquired three of artist Yayoi Kusama's works, including an infinity mirror exhibition.
If you were one of the many people unable to get passes to Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Mirrors” exhibition in 2017, you’ll be getting another chance later this year. The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is bringing in a new exhibition that will feature three works by the popular Japanese artist. “One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection” will be on display from April 4 through September 20, 2020.
Kusama’s “Infinity Mirrors” was met with sold-out crowds as it toured cities across the country in 2017. Over 160,000 people visited when it was at the Hirshhorn, requiring timed passes that were almost impossible to get. Kusama’s exhibit also helped boost visitation numbers to the main museum and sculpture gardens.
“After a career spanning almost 80 years, Yayoi Kusama is one of the most influential working artists in the world,” said Hirshhorn Director Melissa Chiu. “Her artwork is inextricably linked with our museum’s history and mission: to present the most exciting art and artists of our time.”
Hirshhorn Museum, courtesy the Smithsonian
The new exhibition includes two infinity room works—a brand new one to be announced this year and “Infinity Mirror Room—Phalli’s Field (Floor Show)." It will also feature a painting and two famous sculptures, the “Pumpkin” and “Flowers—Overcoat.” Phallis Field has been permanently acquired by the Hirshhorn.
This time it will be much easier to get in to see the popular display. Instead of timed passes online, the museum will follow the practice used by other museums on the National Mall. Visitors will be able to get free timed passes each day at the museum beginning at 9 a.m. Members of the museum’s booster program, Hirshhorn Insider, will get two timed passes for the advance preview in March.
What do you think? Did you get in to see the exhibit last time? Planning to go see Kusama's works now? Tell us in the comments!