One of the world’s most Instagrammable exhibitions is coming to London

Cameras at the ready: a major Yayoi Kusama exhibition is coming to the Tate Modern in 2021, a year after it was meant to arrive. 

When the pandemic broke out earlier this year, our cultural lives were put on hold. That meant no more trips to the cinema, cancelled theatre performances and a year without Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 

In the seven months that have passed since then, we’ve slowly but surely started to see venues reopen and welcome people back in. This includes the Tate Modern, which has just announced that one of its most anticipated shows of the year, which was postponed because of lockdown, will now arrive next year. 

A year-long Yayoi Kusama exhibition was set to mark the gallery’s 20th birthday in May 2020. It will now open in Spring 2021 and tickets will only cost non-members £5.

Infinity Rooms will feature two immersive mirror room installations created by the renowned Japanese artist, whose work has spanned more than half a century. They will be exhibited alongside “photos and footage of early performance works and studio happenings”.

One of the installations, Infinity Mirrored Room – Filled with the Brilliance of Life, is one of the artist’s most celebrated – and vast – pieces, which was created to a retrospective at the Tate Modern in 2012. The second installation, Chandelier of Grief, is said to “create the illusion of a boundless universe of rotating crystal chandeliers”.

And they are both are really, really cool – the perfect Instagram material. 

Frances Morris, director of Tate Modern, said: “We want to highlight some of the artists Tate Modern has championed over the past 20 years: Kusama and Bourgeois, for example, not only represent our commitment to great artists with truly international careers, but they also embody art’s journey from the avant-gardes of the early 20th century to the immersive installations being created today.”

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Rooms runs from Spring 2021 until Spring 2022. Tickets for non-members cost £5 and will be available to buy on the Tate Modern website soon.

Images: Getty, Tate

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