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The hottest art exhibit of the year is just 10 days away

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Ainsley Smith Feb 21, 2018 1:29 pm 821

The wait is almost over.

The AGO’s highly anticipated Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors exhibit begins in Toronto next week, on Saturday, March 3.

After a very successful tour throughout the US, Infinity Mirrors will be making its only Canadian tour stop at the AGO, where visitors will have the opportunity to experience six of Kusama’s most iconic kaleidoscopic environments at once.

Created by the 87-year-old Japanese artist, Infinity Mirrors will feature various large-scale, whimsical installations and key paintings, sculptures and works on paper from the early 1950s to the present.

Yayoi Kusama. Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, 2013, at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Wood, metal, glass mirrors, plastic, acrylic panel, rubber, LED lighting system, acrylic balls, and water, 113 1/4 x 163 1/2 x 163 1/2 in. Courtesy of David Zwirner, N.Y. © Yayoi Kusama. Photo by Cathy Carver.

This January, over 60,000 Torontonians attempted to purchase tickets for the exhibit in one day, which is “a major increase from our normal daily traffic,” a representative from the AGO told Daily Hive.

However, due to the unique nature of Infinity Mirrors and the popularity of the artist, there will only be select tickets sold in specific time slots.

Visitors are advised to be early and to not miss their ticketed time, as late entry is not guaranteed.

Yayoi Kusama. Infinity Mirrored Room – Love Forever, 1966/1994, at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Wood, mirrors, metal, and lightbulbs. Photo by Cathy Carver.

Upon arrival, only two to four people will have access to a room at a time. Once inside, visitors will have a strict time frame of 20 to 30 seconds in each of the six rooms, as directed by the artist’s intent, and wait times for each room are estimated at 20 minutes.

Visitors should plan on spending at least up to two hours viewing the entire exhibit, but considering this is said to be the city’s biggest art event of the year, two hours inside seems like it’s not asking too much.

Yayoi Kusama. Dots Obsession – Love Transformed Into Dots, 2007, at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Mixed media installation. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore; Victoria Miro, London; David Zwirner, New York. © Yayoi Kusama. Photo by Cathy Carver.

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

When: March 3 to May 27, 2018
Where: 
The Art Gallery of Ontario, 317, Dundas Street West
Tickets: 
Available online only through the AGO for $30 per person

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Ainsley Smith
Ainsley is a Staff Writer at Daily Hive. She's a former Vancouverite turned Torontonian who is passionate about avocado toast, aesthetics, and avocado toast aesthetics. Story idea? E-mail her at [email protected]
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