Toronto is officially getting its own Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirror Room and it will be absolutely stunning. The AGO announced today that after receiving overwhelming support from a local crowdfunding campaign, the art museum would be receiving Canada’s first permanent Infinity Mirror Room which officially opens to the public on Saturday, May 25th, 2019.
The fundraiser campaign which ultimately secured the mesmerizing room’s future at the AGO was kickstarted last November. The campaign attracted the attention of thousands who helped raise the money to bring the stunning work of art to the 6ix forever. In total over 4,700 people came together to ensure that the Infinity Mirror Room would become a part of the AGO.
The AGO's permanent Infinity Mirror room has never been exhibited in Canada before. The room, called "Let's Survive Forever" is bigger than most of Kusama's mirrored rooms. It's a room of optical illusions, with dozens of "mirrored orbs" suspended from the ceiling and arranged on the ground.
Due to the overwhelming hype created by the Infinity Mirrors exhibit last year, the AGO had to alter its hours to ensure that the over 165,0000 people who showed up could experience the art. The crowd grew so big that patrons of the gallery were only allowed 30 seconds in each of the immersive rooms.
DATE IDEA: INFINITY MIRROR ROOM. pic.twitter.com/l1xmNOWim2— M. (@MEENAVOGUE_) July 4, 2018
Dizzying infinity mirror room 💫 Happy weekend∼ pic.twitter.com/EE5gKGWQk4— Layshands (@layshands) January 27, 2019
This time around, the AGO is making sure that there's no limit to how much time visitors can spend marvelling at the mirrors. “We know that the people of Toronto have a special bond with Yayoi Kusama, and I am excited to see that grow,” gushed Stephan Jost, the AGO’s Director and CEO in a statement.
“Support from individuals is critical to the AGO’s mission to bring people and art together. That this incredible artwork now belongs to the people of Ontario is testament to the power of people coming together. Together, we achieved infinity.”