Lonely Planet Writer

Yayoi Kusama's trippy new art exhibition opens at Seattle Art Museum

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, an eagerly anticipated art exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum, opened last week, but tickets were already sold out before the first run. The good news is that visitors can snag first-come, first-served tickets each day at 10am ($34.95 for adults).

Artist Yayoi Kusama with some of her works
Yayoi Kusama with recent works in Tokyo. Image courtesy of Seattle Art Museum

The exhibit, which features four “infinity mirror” rooms that appear to contain limitless spaces of color and shapes, explores the artist’s 65-year career. There are over 60 works from Kusama’s career, including drawings, sculptures and paintings.

Infinity Mirrored Room - Love Forever by artist Yayoi Kusama
Infinity Mirrored Room – Love Forever. Image courtesy of Seattle Art Museum

Visitors are given 20 seconds to experience the infinity rooms, a time limit intended to both keep the lines moving (and they’re long lines) and because Kusama wanted the experience to be brief. Kusama, a Japanese artist known for using psychedelic colors and patterns, has been at work since the 1950s, and has influenced such artists as Andy Warhol and Yoko Ono.

The Obliteration Room
The Obliteration Room 2002 to present. Collaboration between Yayoi Kusama and Queensland Art Gallery. Image courtesy of Seattle Art Museum

This is the exhibit’s second showing, after receiving record-breaking crowds in Washington, DC. When the exhibit closes on 10 September, it will move to LA’s The Broad.

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's Dots Obsession Love Transformed into Dots
Dots Obsession Love Transformed into Dots. Image courtesy of Seattle Art Museum

The Seattle Art Museum’s other, permanent collections are made up of an array of artworks from around the world, including extensive Native American artifacts and aboriginal art from several other countries.