This is not a drill: tickets for the Tate Modern’s Yayoi Kusama exhibition are back on sale

The Tate Modern has released another set of tickets for Yayoi Kusama’s highly-Instagrammable Infinity Mirror Rooms exhibition. Run, don’t walk.

Updated 30 September: Tate Modern has released a new batch of tickets for its highly-popular Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirror Rooms exhibition.

The highly-Instagrammable installation – which opened to the public in June this year – has proven a massive hit: when tickets went on sale for the first round of dates, they sold out completely. And this time round isn’t looking any different – when we clicked on the link earlier today, we found ourselves at number 71789 in the queue.

If you don’t get your hands on tickets this time round though, no fear – the museum is releasing tickets in batches, with more coming in December 2021. Good luck! 

As reported 5 May: When the pandemic broke out last year, all cultural activities were put on hold. That meant no more trips to the cinema, cancelled theatre performances and a year without Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 

In the year that has passed since then, we’ve seen three lockdowns put a further halt to things. But now, as we start to ease out of what will hopefully be the final lockdown in the pandemic, we can start to book things to do in London this summer, including one of the most highly-anticipated exhibitions the Tate Modern has ever announced…

A year-long Yayoi Kusama exhibition was set to mark the gallery’s 20th birthday in May 2020. It will now open on 18 May 2021 until 12 June 2022. Members can book tickets for free now, while Tate Collective Members (aged 16 -25) can book for £5. All members get a special preview month until the show opens to the public on 14 June 2021. Non-members can sign up for updates on the £10 tickets release. 

Infinity Rooms will feature two immersive mirror room installations created by the renowned Japanese artist, whose work has spanned more than half a century. They will be exhibited alongside “photos and footage of early performance works and studio happenings”.

One of the installations, Infinity Mirrored Room – Filled with the Brilliance of Life, is one of the artist’s most celebrated – and vast – pieces, which was created to a retrospective at the Tate Modern in 2012. The second installation, Chandelier of Grief, is said to “create the illusion of a boundless universe of rotating crystal chandeliers”.

And they are both are really, really cool – the perfect Instagram material. 

Frances Morris, director of Tate Modern, said: “We want to highlight some of the artists Tate Modern has championed over the past 20 years: Kusama and Bourgeois, for example, not only represent our commitment to great artists with truly international careers, but they also embody art’s journey from the avant-gardes of the early 20th century to the immersive installations being created today.”

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Rooms runs from 18 March 2021 until 12 June 2022. Tickets for members are available to book on the Tate Modern website now.

Images: Getty, Tate

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