12 May 2012

Yayoi Kusama at Tate Modern

The Yayoi Kusama exhibition at Tate Britain closes on the 5 June and is worth seeing for the final mirrored room alone. 'Infinity Mirrored Room - Filled with the Brilliance of Life' is, as the title suggests, inescapably joyous.  A narrow pathway leads the viewer through a reflected forest of coloured lights.  Although the lights go on forever the installation hints at the mortality of the viewer,  its beauty unmarred by our sense of entrapment. 

The exhibition plays with the dichotomy of exteriority and interiority.  Kusama's film of her early art world happenings, during which she exuberantly covered everything in sight with spots, leading to orgiastic scenes of pulsating polka dots, contrasts with the recent interiority of her psychiatric seclusion and her immersive environments, which are at once joyous in their detail and suffocating in their whole.

images: Yayoi Kusama
'Infinity Mirrored Room - Filled with the Brilliance of Life', 2011
copyright Yayoi Kusama
photo credit: Lucy Dawkins/Tate Photography