Toronto’s permanent Infinity Mirror Room opens at the AGO in May

Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirror Room – Let’s Survive Forever will open to the public six months after the gallery attempted a crowdfunding campaign to buy it

The Art Gallery of Ontario’s permanent Infinity Mirror Room will open to the public at the end of May.

Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Room – Let’s Survive Forever, which has never been shown in Canada before, goes on display on May 25. The AGO acquired the room following an ambitious crowdfunding campaign that raised $651,183 from more than 4,700 donors last November.

The campaign fell short of the $1.3 million goal to cover the cost of purchasing, installing and operating the room, but a fund that acquires contemporary art and is held within the AGO Foundation made up the difference. The AGO had already covered the other $1 million of the total $2.3 million price tag.

Let’s Survive Forever is the biggest mirrored room the 89-year-old Japanese pop artist has created, allowing four people to enter at a time. The room features mirrored orbs suspended from the ceiling and scattered on the floor. It’s focal point is a mirrored column in the centre that lets visitors peer inside and see distorted versions of themselves infinite times. 

Toronto’s Infinity Mirrored Room is one of less than 20 permanent mirror room installations worldwide.

Once the room goes on display, visitors will be directed to the Kusama Kiosk on Level 1 of the AGO where they can reserve a same-day time slot. The exhibit is covered under the AGO’s general admission price.

On April 5, people that donated $25 or more will have a chance to see Let’s Survive Forever before its public opening. AGO members can see the exhibit for free starting April 23.

Last year, people lined up around the block for a chance to snap a selfie inside Kusama’s touring museum show Infinity Mirrors. The exhibit, which had already become a sensation on Instagram, ran from March to May and saw 165,000 visitors passing through the two floors dedicated to Kusama’s work. The show featured six mirrored rooms. Visitors only got 20 seconds in each room to snap the perfect selfie.

Visit the AGO website for more details. 


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