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Yayoi Kusama, INFINITY MIRRORED ROOM - DANCING LIGHTS THAT FLEW UP TO THE UNIVERSE, 2019. Mirrored glass, wood, LED lighting system, metal, and acrylic panel. Courtesy of David Zwirner

Yayoi Kusama: DANCING LIGHTS THAT FLEW UP TO THE UNIVERSE

  • Exhibition
  • Free
  • Contemporary Art
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PHI Foundation 451 Saint-Jean Street
Montréal, Québec H2Y 2R5

July 6, 2022—January 15, 2023
Wednesday to Friday: 12 PM—7 PM
Saturday and Sunday: 11 AM—6 PM

Reservations required
Free admission

Due to the high volume of visitors, we are unable to accept walk-ins.

IMPORTANT: If you didn’t happen to snag a ticket this time around, please note tickets for the month of November will be available on Monday, October 17 at 12 PM EDT as opposed to our usual release on the 15th of each month. Be sure to mark your calendar!

CANCELLATIONS: In the event of cancellations, tickets will be made available on the box office. Check back on the box office from time to time and you may be lucky enough to reserve one of those spots!

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Yayoi Kusama: DANCING LIGHTS THAT FLEW UP TO THE UNIVERSE is included in reservations for Pathway 1: Yayoi Kusama.

Curator

In celebration of its 15th anniversary, the PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art is pleased to present Yayoi Kusama: DANCING LIGHTS THAT FLEW UP TO THE UNIVERSE.

Born in Matsumoto, Japan, in 1929, Yayoi Kusama is one of the most popular living contemporary artists in the world today. Over the past seven decades, she has created painting, sculpture, installation, drawing, and film, as well as performance, fashion, design, literature, and immersive installations such as her celebrated Infinity Mirrored Rooms. Bolstered by social media and the artist’s acclaim, these works have drawn massive audiences globally over the last ten years. However, beyond the intensive publicity surrounding the installations, Kusama’s practice has consistently engaged with the vastness of the cosmic realm and her—as well as our—place within it: a concept imbued with both disquiet and wonder.

This compact exhibition offers an introduction to Kusama’s artistic universe, with a desire to impart the spiritual and philosophical aspects of her work. Since her early forays into painting, sculpture, and performance, Kusama has long explored the conceptual and formal aspects of phenomenology and immersion in her work. At a time when the digital and virtual have overwhelmed our sensibilities, Kusama’s environments proffer analog experiences that both situate viewers within and beyond our universes. The exhibition in Montréal will present three of her signature bronze pumpkin sculptures in different sizes, two new 'peep-in' mirrored rooms, a grid of her vibrant My Eternal Soul paintings, as well as two striking Infinity Mirrored Rooms. Infinity Mirrored Room - DANCING LIGHTS THAT FLEW UP TO THE UNIVERSE (2019), from which the show takes its title, is filled with hanging light globes that alternate colors before abruptly going dark. The viewer is absorbed into darkness for a moment before the glowing spheres slowly flicker back on, initiating again a cycle akin to life and rebirth.

The exhibition will also include a reading room with a historical timeline of the artist’s life and career. Kusama has made prodigious contributions to the history of art through her work, and she continues to operate as a key figure in contemporary art. At this difficult and turbulent time, compounded by the isolation and uncertainty of the last two years, her body of work facilitates feelings of comfort and peace.

This will be the artist’s first solo exhibition in Québec. We expect that this will be a highly anticipated event for the Montréal and Québec public, as well as a major draw for local and international tourists.

While admission is free, a reservation for timed entry will be required in order to ensure low waiting times and a pleasant passage through the exhibition.

With special thanks to Yayoi Kusama and the team at David Zwirner and Ota Fine Arts.

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Group Visits and Online Discussions

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Our online educational programming is available for the exhibition Yayoi Kusama: DANCING LIGHTS THAT FLEW UP TO THE UNIVERSE, and can be adapted to your situation and needs. These online presentations are tailored for elementary, high school, CEGEPs, university and community groups.

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This activity kit is addressed to children and youth, as well as the adults sharing their experience. It offers exploration of Yayoi Kusama’s artworks, as well as creative activities. It can be used as a family, in school or as a community group.

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Audio Guide

  • Introduction and G1 – Pumpkins

  • G2 – Peep-in Rooms

  • G3 – Timeline

  • G6 – Paintings

  • G5 – Infinity Mirrored Rooms

Catalogues

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Yayoi Kusama: Cosmic Nature

ISBN: 978-0847868391

$65
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Yayoi Kusama: Festival of Life

ISBN: 9781941701812

$60
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Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Net

ISBN: 9781849762137

$30
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Yayoi Kusama: A Retrospective

ISBN: 9783791378824

$85

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5 Ways to Access the Yayoi Kusama Exhibition

Tickets for Pathway 1: Yayoi Kusama are now gone, but don’t worry! There are other ways to see the legendary artist’s work!

1. Special Hour Saturdays

Every Saturday in September, reservations are not required from 11 AM to 12 PM. As of 11 AM, 40 tickets will be handed out with a given time slot. This offer ends on September 30, 2022. First-come, first-served, until capacity is reached. Children aged 5 and under can visit without a ticket. Be sure to watch our Instagram Stories at @fondationphi to receive updates in real time.

2. Special Hour Sundays

Every Sunday in September and October, reservations are not required from 11 AM to 12 PM. As of 11 AM, 40 tickets will be handed out with a given time slot. 

3. Guided Tour Tuesdays

Visit the exhibition with one of our Visitor Experience Coordinators from 12 PM to 2 PM. Reservations are not required, but places are limited to 10 people per visit. First-come, first-served, until capacity is reached. Each visit lasts one (1) hour.

Tuesdays
September 6, 13, 20, 27
October 4, 11, 18, 25
12 PM: French guided tour
12:30 PM: English guided tour
1 PM: French guided tour
1:30 PM: English guided tour

4. FULL. Curator Tours

This offer is now full. Once a month, our curator Cheryl Sim invites you to take part in a free tour with commentary of the Yayoi Kusama exhibition. Reservations are required: to book your spot, please write to [email protected] with your desired time slot. We can accommodate up to 15 people per visit. Each visit lasts one (1) hour.

In French
Saturday, October 8 at 10:30 AM
Saturday, December 10 at 10:30 AM

In English
Saturday, November 19 at 10:30 AM
Saturday, January 14 at 10:30 AM

5. NEW. 
Corporate Group Visits

Are you new to the PHI Foundation? Interested in visiting the exhibition with your colleagues? For inquiries, please contact Mikael Chagnon at: [email protected].

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