Cameras at the ready: Tate Modern’s Yayoi Kusama exhibition opens this month

A major Yayoi Kusama exhibition is finally coming to the Tate Modern in 2021, a year after it was meant to arrive. Here is the opening date you need to get in your diary.

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

In the year that has passed since then, we’ve seen three lockdowns put a further halt to things. But now, as we start to ease out of what will hopefully be the final lockdown in the pandemic, we can start to book things to do in London this summer. 

As part of the government’s roadmap, the reopening of museums, art galleries, theatres and cinemas will be allowed from 17 May. Events, festivals, performance and exhibitions will also start to take place again by the time the summer months arrive.

And this includes one of the most highly-anticipated exhibitions the Tate Modern has ever announced…

A year-long Yayoi Kusama exhibition was set to mark the gallery’s 20th birthday in May 2020. It will now open on 18 March 2021 until 12 June 2022. You can buy tickets now, which only cost non-members £10 and £5 for Tate members. 

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 18 March 2021 until 12 June 2022. Tickets for non-members cost £10 and are available to buy on the Tate Modern website now.

Images: Getty, Tate

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