A new art exhibit by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. is attracting record crowds.
The retrospective exhibit, called “Infinity Mirrors”, features six different rooms—called “Phalli’s Field”, “The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away,” and “Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity.”
Each room has mirrors on every wall, creating endless reflections, but is filled with different objects, each with different meanings. “Phalli’s Field”, for example, brims with hundreds of phallic objects that Kusama created to overcome her fear of sex. “The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away” is a room where visitors are invited to contemplate their existence while surrounded by a galactic atmosphere reminiscent of stars in the night sky.
Kusama is best known for the dizzying patterns in her installations. This helps with her neurosis and “obliterates” her thoughts, the author has said. Even at 87, Kusama, who has been living in a psychiatric hospital in Tokyo since 1977, continues to make her artwork.