The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) has announced the acquisition of Yayoi Kusama’s All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins (2016), one of the artist’s signature Infinity Mirror Rooms. The installation is the first mirror pumpkin room created by Kusama since 1991, and the only Infinity Mirror Room of its kind in a North American collection. Showcasing Kusama’s singular approach to installation, the acquisition adds a new dimension to the representation of Conceptual art, Pop art, Minimalism and Surrealism in the DMA’s acclaimed modern and contemporary art collection. The work has been acquired through the generous support of collectors Cindy and Howard Rachofsky and will be on view October 1, 2017 through Febraury 25, 2018.
“All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins provides opportunities to explore a range of contemporary art movements within our collection, as well as the undeniable influence of Kusama across decades,” said Agustín Arteaga, the DMA’s Eugene McDermott Director. “We are excited to share this boundary-pushing, experiential work with our visitors and to be the only museum in North America to have one of Kusama's pumpkin-themed mirror rooms represented in our collection.”
Kusama’s pioneering career spans over six decades, and her Infinity Mirror Rooms are some of her most experimental and iconic works, often incorporating a variety of illuminated objects. When they debuted in 1965, the mirrored installations represented a radically innovative step in the emergence of an increasingly experiential practice. In each work, the visitor’s reflection seems to extend into infinity while the visitor is simultaneously provided with an intimate and individualized room experience. The Infinity Mirror Rooms remain as challenging and unclassifiable today as when they were first presented, immersing visitors in dazzling environments that produce an almost hallucinatory effect through reflection and repetition.
With All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins, Kusama incorporates one of her quintessential symbols, the spotted pumpkin. Similar to her seminal pumpkin room, Mirror Room (Pumpkin) (1991), which was created for the Japanese Pavilion at the 1993 Venice Biennale, All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins focuses the reflective chamber on a series of acrylic yellow gourds covered in black polka dots. With this more recent work, Kusama expands on the 1991 Mirror Room by allowing viewers to step inside the mirrored space and fully immerse themselves in Kusama’s creation, becoming part of the art. Drawing on several of Kusama’s characteristic themes, including infinity, the sublime and obsessive repetition, the work creates an immersive and captivating visitor experience.
“This major installation highlights one of Kusama’s most intense moments of innovation, in a pioneering six decades of artistic production that has traversed Conceptual art, Pop, Surrealism and Minimalism,” said Gavin Delahunty, the Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art. “The Infinity Mirror Rooms are key to understanding her practice, and as such we are delighted to welcome it to Dallas, joining several other major works by the artist in our community.”
Initiated by Delahunty, in close partnership with the Rachofskys, the acquisition of All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins is jointly owned by the DMA and the Rachofsky Collection.
About Yayoi Kusama
Yayoi Kusama was born in Matsumoto, Japan, in 1929. In her early career, she immersed herself in the study of art, integrating a wide range of Eastern and Western influences, training in traditional Japanese painting while also exploring the European and American avant-garde. In the late 1950s, Kusama moved to the United States and during her time there worked tirelessly to position herself at the epicenter of the New York art scene. Kusama forged her own direction in sculpture and installation, adopting techniques of montage and soft sculpture that historians have seen as influencing artists such as Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg. As the 1960s progressed, Kusama moved from painting, sculpture and collage to installations, films, performances and “happenings,” as well as political actions, counter-cultural events, fashion design and publishing. In 1973 Kusama returned to Japan where she continues to live and work today.