Permanent Yayoi Kusama Gallery Opens at Brazil’s Inhotim Sculpture Park - The World News

Permanent Yayoi Kusama Gallery Opens at Brazil’s Inhotim Sculpture Park

A vast sculpture park and museum in Brazil is now home to a permanent gallery devoted to Yayoi Kusama, the Japanese artist whose “Infinity Mirror Rooms” have generated mass appeal in the past decade.

Instituto Inhotim in Brumadinho recently opened what it is calling its Galeria Yayoi Kusama, which is host to two installations by her, one of which is an “Infinity Mirror Room.” That work is Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity (2009), a wood, metal, and glass construction that can be entered. Once inside, viewers can see their reflections multiply amid a set of lights.

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A man in a dark suit and suit, with glasses stands in front of a painting with thin, rhythmic lines. He rests his right arm on a black podium, which holds three ovular forms that also bear vibrant, angular lines.

A version of that work is also on view at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston in Texas, where there have reportedly been long lines for the installation. The Inhotim piece was acquired by the institute, which is run by collector Bernardo Paz, the year it was made.

Another Kusama that Inhotim acquired in 2008, I’m Here, But Nothing (2000), will be on view alongside it. That installation features pieces of furniture arranged around a room cast in black light. This allows certain dots to become illuminated.

Allan Schwartzman, a prominent art adviser and a founding director of Inhotim, said in a statement, “The opening of Galeria Yayoi Kusama fulfills a central artistic ambition at Inhotim for the work of one of the most visionary artists of our time.”

In addition to these works, Narcissus Garden (1966/2009), an installation composed of floating silver orbs, will also be on view.

The gallery comes as Kusamamania reaches a fever pitch around the world, with blowout exhibitions of her work being mounted at David Zwirner in New York, the Guggenheim Bilbao in Spain (where her retrospective traveled after the M+ museum in Hong Kong), and Factory International in Manchester, England.

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