April 1 Opening date of “One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection”
“Visitor experiencing Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room – My Heart Is Dancing into the Universe (2018), part of the 2022 exhibition One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Photo by Matailong Du. Wood and glass mirror with paper lanterns, 119 5/8 x 245 1/8 x 245 1/8 in. (304 x 622.4 x 622.4 cm) Courtesy Ota Fine Arts and Victoria Miro, London /Venice. © YAYOI KUSAMA. Jointly purchased by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 2020) and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, with funds from the George B. and Jenny R. Mathews Fund, by exchange.
Excerpt from a press release:
“The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden will launch “One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection,” a focused look at the celebrated artist’s nearly seven-decade long career, from April 1 through November 1. 27. Featured Almost five years after the Hirshhorn’s landmark exhibition “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors”, this exhibition will feature works by Kusama from the museum’s permanent collection, including two recently acquired Infinity Mirror Rooms.
After a 17-month closure of the museum building, ‘One with Eternity’ joins the Hirshhorn’s dynamic spring exhibition calendar by inviting visitors to re-explore all the interior galleries and celebrate the art and ideas of today. today and the artists who paved the way.
“As a highly anticipated milestone in the history of the Hirshhorn, we are thrilled to celebrate the impact of Kusama’s radical practice and welcome three canonical works to the permanent collection,” said Hirshhorn director Melissa Chiu. . “‘One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection’, along with international exhibitions of his work, demonstrate that Kusama’s legacy extends far beyond a single body of work and impacts the history of the museum. Kusama has built her practice around the ideas of celebration and inclusion. There is no better artist than Kusama and no better reason to welcome visitors to the Hirshhorn again.
The Hirshhorn will issue free, timed same-day passes to “One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection” on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 9:30 a.m. daily outside on the museum square. Timed passes are required for this exhibit, but not for entry to the Hirshhorn Museum, other exhibits, and public areas. Among the member-only perks, Hirshhorn Insiders are welcome to preview the exhibit or plan ahead by booking timed passes online. The museum has partnered with Etix to manage the online distribution of passes for members. For more information on timed passes, see the exhibition’s FAQ.
Curated by Hirshhorn Assistant Curator Betsy Johnson, “One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection” traces the unique practice of Kusama’s studio in the context of the museum’s collections. Among the acquisitions on display will be two of Kusama’s otherworldly Infinity Mirror Rooms, which together represent the continuing trajectory of the artist’s daring investigation of space and time through the illusions of the infinite.
“Infinity Mirrored Room–Phalli’s Field (Floor Show)” (1965/2017) is the 2017 reimagining of Kusama’s groundbreaking installation that debuted in 1965, and “Infinity Mirrored Room–My Heart Is Dancing into the Universe (2018), jointly acquired with the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, is one of the artist’s most recent rooms. As part of the exhibition, additional sculptures, an early work on paper and photographs by the artist will also be on display, giving visitors a comprehensive insight into how the artist continued to innovate and explore new avenues of artistic creation. These include an early painting entitled “The Hill, 1953 A (No. 30)” (1953), “Flowers–Overcoat” (1964) and an immersive presentation of “Pumpkin” (2016) in which viewers are surrounded by walls wrapped in the artist’s signature polka dots. The Hirshhorn has been collecting the artist’s work since 1996.
In 2017, the Hirshhorn welcomed a record 475,000 visitors to the exhibition – its highest spring attendance since the museum opened in 1974, doubling its attendance that year to 1.2 million. The traveling exhibit welcomed more than 800,000 visitors to partner museums across the United States and Canada over the next two years. The social media impact of “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors” reached an unprecedented global audience with the exhibit’s hashtag #InfiniteKusama reaching over 172 million Twitter and Instagram accounts and generating over 716 million of impressions. This digital footprint inspired audiences around the world to engage with Kusama’s work on a new scale and demonstrated the transformative power of sharing interactions with Kusama’s work on social media. As audiences continue to share their experiences digitally, “One With Eternity” offers visitors another opportunity to connect with friends and followers around the world.
The exhibition will be activated through the museum’s award-winning smartphone art guide, Hirshhorn Eye (Hi). Visitors can scan the artworks in the exhibition using Hi’s image recognition software to unlock artists’ insights into Hirshhorn’s collection and Kusama’s prolific career.