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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
Fully booked for August
Tickets for the month of September will be released on August 15 at 12 PM EST.
Due to the high volume of visitors, we are unable to accept walk-ins.
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Please note that a new block of tickets will become available on the fifteenth day of every month at 12 PM EST.
Yayoi Kusama: DANCING LIGHTS THAT FLEW UP TO THE UNIVERSE is included in reservations for Pathway 1: Yayoi Kusama.
• Certain artworks contain sequences of flashing lights that may cause discomfort for people with photosensitive epilepsy.
• The wearing of masks is no longer mandatory. However, we strongly encourage visitors to keep wearing masks for the continued safety and security of all
• One-way visiting path
• Gel hand sanitizing stations
• A specialized air filtration system
• Cleaning of spaces during opening hours
If you have symptoms associated with COVID-19, please postpone your visit.
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 exhibition will introduce visitors to the spiritual and philosophical depth of the artist’s 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.
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. Tickets for September
A new batch of tickets for Pathway 1: Yayoi Kusama will be released on August 15 at 12 PM (EST) for the month of September. New tickets will be released online on the fifteenth of every subsequent month.
2. Pathway 3: Horizons VR
Pathway 3: Horizons VR gives you access to two installations by Yayoi Kusama—the Infinity Mirrored Rooms—in addition to Marco Brambilla: Heaven’s Gate, Horizons VR, and INVERSE at the PHI Centre. Please get in touch with the box office at 514 225-0525 to reserve your time slot.
3. Sunday Special Hour!
Every Sunday for the month of August, reservations are not required from 11 AM to 12 PM. First-come, first-served, as capacity is limited.
4. Guided Group Visits
Have any friends or family you want to bring along? You can form a group of 10-15 people and contact us at [email protected] for an hour-long group tour with one of our educators from the PHI Foundation’s Education team. Capacity is limited, and we apologize in advance if your request can’t be accommodated.
5. Contests & Giveaways
The PHI Centre building comes to life with an interactive multimedia installation of a motion-activated river on its four-story windows on Saint-Pierre Street
The PHI Foundation, in collaboration with Onishka Productions and the Centre du Théâtre d'Aujourd'hui (CTD’A), presents the sound walk Marguerite: la pierre.
An experimental documentary in three parts, by Nicolas Jenkins, that aims to question the prevailing assimilation of 2SLGBTQIA+ identities
Two immersive Renaissance tableaux for our hyper-mediated digital era, these artworks by Marco Brambilla will engulf you in landscapes of pop-culture iconography
A special selection of award-winning VR works that will draw you into four distinct worlds sharing unique and powerful stories
bleu de lieu is a participatory installation that invites the public to stay, to rest, to meditate and to interact with the different elements found in our Education Room
As part of the Papier 2022 Art Fair programming, the PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art presents the panel discussion Making Contradictions Visible: Artistic Practices in the Public Sphere
In collaboration, the PHI Foundation and FIFA (International Festival of Films on Art) present Kusama: Infinity, a documentary on the life and work of artist Yayoi Kusama