Yayoi Kusama's "All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins," 2016, coming to the DMA in October, is the museum's most recent acquisition. (Courtesy Yayoi Kusama Inc., Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo / Singapore and Victoria Miro, London; photo Thierry Bal; © Yayoi Kusama)
Yayoi Kusama (Courtesy Whitney Museum of American Art)
Yayoi Kusama’s mystical pumpkin patch has officially landed at the Dallas Museum of Art. “All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins,” one of the beloved artist’s infinity mirror rooms, was recently added to the museum’s permanent collection and will be on view October 1 to February 25.
However, the immersive, psychedelic installation is now open to DMA members, and it might be a good idea to get in there while you can. Kusama’s infinity mirror installations have become a viral sensation across the web and social media in the past several years, and Dallas is bound to come down a raging case of pumpkin fever next month.
How popular are these mind-bending artworks? The upcoming Kusama show at The Broad in Los Angeles sold out 50,000 tickets in under an hour. According to the Los Angeles Times, there were actually 150,000 people queued up for tickets within five minutes of the online sale. And the museum already has an infinity mirror in its permanent collection!
At 88-years-old, the Japanese artist is more relevant than ever. Her traveling exhibition of infinity mirrors has been a blockbuster as it hit museums from Seattle to DC to Toronto this year. In October, Kusama will open her own museum in Tokyo, with one floor dedicated to infinity rooms and other installations.
The installation at the Dallas Museum of Art is a little different than the others, though. Yayoi Kusama’s very first infinity mirror room featured a single pumpkin, and “All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins” (2016) is the first pumpkin room she’s done since 1991.
The exhibition allows two guests at a time to step into the infinity room, with a 45-second time limit. You’re allowed to enter with one camera in hand – and selfie-ing is encouraged.
“Don’t forget the hashtag ‘kusamapumpkins,’” urged Dr. Agustín Arteaga, director of the DMA.