To infinity and beyond: Yayoi Kusama’s mirrored room shines at Bellagio

Concepts of infinity, repetition and reflection are common motifs throughout Kusama’s works. “Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity” encourages visitors to confront those ideas themselves.

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has garnered international acclaim for her immersive infinity mirrored rooms. For the first time, one is open in Las Vegas.

“Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity” is one of two installations in the new exhibit at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. From the outside, the installation appears to be a nondescript white cube the size of a small room. Then the door opens and infinity beckons. Inside, the cube is quiet and dark, save for the yellow glow of countless lanterns. Mirrors plating all sides of the cube reflect the lights, creating a delicate mirage of infinity. A narrow catwalk extends into the center of the cube, allowing guests to move through the tangle of lanterns and approach their own reflection.

Concepts of infinity, repetition and reflection are common motifs throughout Kusama’s works. “Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity” encourages visitors to confront those ideas themselves.

Due to high demand, guests are limited to 45 seconds inside the infinity mirrored room. A lake of metallic spheres, “Narcissus Garden,” also is on display through April 28, 2019, at the gallery.

 

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