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These immersive Yayoi Kusama-designed infinity rooms look like stunning optical illusions

Gabbi Garcia and Khalil Ramos for Scout x Globe

This May 11, the world’s most visited museum of modern and contemporary art, the Tate Modern, will be holding an exhibit celebrating its 20th anniversary. In line with this, the museum will be opening the celebration with an exhibit featuring an artist they have championed over the last 20 years: Yayoi Kusama.

During the course of her career, Yayoi Kusama has produced over 20 distinct infinity rooms starting with “Phalli’s Field,” an endless mirror room containing stuffed, phallic-shaped polkadot fabric which debuted back in 1965. These visual elements, the loud colors, the bright polkadots and the concept of an infinity room, eventually became the defining aesthetic that shaped most of her iconic work.

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For the Tate Modern’s exhibit, one of Yayoi’s biggest immersive rooms will be on display: “Filled with the Brilliance of Life.” The room might look familiar to those who saw the viral images and videos circulating online during its debut last 2011. Its beauty lies in the experience of feeling like you’re entering a new reality—as the viewer enters the room they are welcomed by a dark expanse of space, lit only by surreal dots of light. Alongside this, the “Chandelier of Grief,” which immerses the viewer into an endless world of rotating chandeliers, will also be available for museum goers to experience.

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📢 JUST ANNOUNCED 📢 To celebrate Tate Modern’s 20th birthday in May, we're opening a special exhibition dedicated to Japanese artist #YayoiKusama! The year-long exhibition will be a rare chance to experience two of the artist’s immersive mirror room installations, including Infinity Mirrored Room – Filled with the Brilliance of Life (pictured here) – one of Kusama’s largest installations to date, originally made for her retrospective at Tate Modern back in 2012. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Kusama will be on display alongside a dedicated programme of special displays and performances across the galleries. To find out more about what we’ve got in store to celebrate Tate Modern’s birthday, click the link in our bio! We’ll give you a clue: 🕷️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Frances Morris, Director of Tate Modern: ‘Our plans for May 2020 encapsulate the best of Tate Modern. We will shine a spotlight on some of the newest artists to join our collection, go behind-the-scenes in our conservation studio, and run talks and tours across the building.’ #TateModernTurns20 🎈

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