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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

Holiday Schedule
December 24, 25 & 31: closed
January 1: closed

Reservations required
Free admission

Due to the high volume of visitors, we are unable to accept walk-ins. We do not maintain a waiting list.

FULL: Please note that tickets for this exhibition are now gone. The exhibition is full until January 15, 2023.

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.

This exhibition is presented with the support of SDC Vieux-Montréal.

Partners

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How to Stay Sleepy – Dissections: Yayoi Kusama

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Share your dot of love with Pamela Witcher

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Papier Art Fair 2022: Making Contradictions Visible: Artistic Practices in the Public Sphere

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doux soft club: bleu de lieu

July 6, 2022—Jan. 15, 2023

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Education Program

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Group Visits and Online Discussions

Yayoi Kusama: DANCING LIGHTS THAT FLEW UP TO THE UNIVERSE

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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Public Engagement Project

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bleu de lieu is a participatory installation by doux soft club that invites the public to stay, to rest, to meditate and to interact with the different elements found in our Education Room.

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Activity Kit

Yayoi Kusama: DANCING LIGHTS THAT FLEW UP TO THE UNIVERSE

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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Movements Series

Yayoi Kusama: DANCING LIGHTS THAT FLEW UP TO THE UNIVERSE
Through these essays and short videos, explore the following key concepts of the exhibition Yayoi Kusama: DANCING LIGHTS THAT FLEW UP TO THE UNIVERSE. This section will be updated throughout the duration of the exhibition.

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Audio Guide

  • Introduction and G1 – Pumpkins

  • G2 – Peep-in Rooms

  • G3 – Timeline

  • G6 – Paintings

  • G5 – Infinity Mirrored Rooms

Catalogues

Kusama obsessions
Kusama: Obsessions, amours et art
ISBN: 9782812320576
25$
Yayoi kusama covered everything
Yayoi Kusama Covered Everything in Dots and Wasn't Sorry

ISBN: 9781838660802
20$
Yayoi kusama give me love web
Yayoi Kusama: Give Me Love

ISBN: 9781941701218
60$
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Yayoi Kusama: Cosmic Nature

ISBN: 978-0847868391

$65
Yayoi kusama retrospective web
Yayoi Kusama: A Retrospective

ISBN: 9783791378824

$85

Merch

Holiday Special
2 posters for $40 plus tax
instead of $50 plus tax
For a limited time: December 1—23, 2022

Ways to Access the Yayoi Kusama Exhibition

1. 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. The visit will end in the doux soft club’s bleu de lieu installation where the visitors will be able to participate in a short art workshop by Deaf artist Pamela Witcher. The art workshop is only available between 1 PM and 2 PM.

Tuesdays
November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
December 6, 13, 20
January 10
12 PM: French guided tour
12:30 PM: English guided tour
1 PM: French guided tour
1:30 PM: English guided tour

2.
Corporate Group Visits

The holiday season is fast approaching. Have you planned your team outing? Experience a private after-hours tour of the Yayoi Kusama exhibition, DANCING LIGHTS THAT FLEW UP TO THE UNIVERSE (running until January 15, 2023).

Located on Saint-Jean Street in Old Montréal, the PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art offers guided tours for corporate groups to discover Kusama’s work and learn about the PHI Foundation. Your contribution will support the Foundation in its mission to offer free art experiences to the public.

For more information on how to build a custom tour for your group (30 people maximum per hour), with the possibility of organizing a cocktail reception, please contact Jose Garcia: [email protected].

3. Contests & Giveaways

Follow us on Instagram at @direphi @fondationphi and @phicentre to keep an eye out for ticket giveaways!

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Photo: 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

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