The iconic and infamous rooms are perhaps what the Japanese artist is known best for, so this time, the immersive experience will take residency for an entire year, between March 29, 2021 through to March 27, 2022. The last time the installation was at the Tate Modern was when it was shown as part of the galleries 20th anniversary celebration.
As for the installation itself, the space will feature two entirely mirrored rooms which take inspiration from Kusuma's signature polka dot paintings and sculptures, bringing her inner world to life with the Infinity Mirrored Room - which often features countless neon balls suspended from invisible wire to create the effect of a never-ending display of dots - alluding to a sense of expansive space.
This installation will mark the biggest ever of its kind, and was originally built for the artists 2012 retrospective at the Tate. The piece is to be displayed alongside a Chandelier of Grief, a smaller installation to accompany the rooms, which will feature rotating crystal chandeliers.
Kusama's work is constantly captivating and transporting, whether it's through her Infinity Room installations or smaller scale exhibitions, her work blends surreal concepts with the very real issue of mental illness thoughtfully and cerebrally - a true representation of the artist's mind at work. It will be exciting to witness Kusama take on something so large to cement her legacy at the Tate, as the last we heard from her was a touching poem addressed to COVID-19 and the global population which was heartwarming and apt for the moment. "Embraced in deep love and the efforts of people all over the world. Now is the time to overcome, to bring peace" she writes, signing off with "Now is the time for people all over the world to stand up. My deep gratitude goes to all those who are already fighting. Revolutionist of the world by the Art. From Yayoi Kusama"