After seeing pictures of Yayoi Kusama's infinity room at the Tate Modern, I knew I had to see it for myself. I tried multiple times to book tickets but it seemed to be constantly sold out. Except for Tate members. So, I decided to bite the bullet and become a member. This costs me £10 per month, yes entry to the Tate gallery is free, but certain exhibitions are ticketed. Members enjoy unlimited free entry to exhibitions with no need to book, I can also take a guest and up to 4 under 17s into the exhibitions for free.
So, with my membership in place I managed to book my "free" tickets for the infinity room. I have made use of my membership twice since I signed up in May and have taken guests with me, so in my head it is pretty much worth my hard-earned £10 per month. It applies to all Tate galleries, so I may be popping to the both London galleries a few times in the summer.
The Tate Modern is on Bankside, the closest station is Blackfriars which is just a short walk away. The art gallery houses over 100 years of art, from modernism in the early 1900s, to new artworks. I studied art and design at college so have visited lots of London's art galleries.
Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms are pretty epic to experience giving you endless reflections and colours to gaze into. If you are able to buy tickets it will cost £10 per person. Inside the area are photographs and art pieces which have been created by the iconic Japanese artist. You do not get to spend much time in the infinity room. We joined a queue, I would say they let around 8 to 10 people in at a time and we spent approximately 3 minutes in the actual infinity room. The room is full of mirrors, hanging colourful lights, water and a grey walkway. It is mesmerising inside and I am so glad I made an effort to see it.
Born in 1929 in Matsumoto, Japan, Kusama came to international attention in 1960s New York for a wide-ranging creative practice that has encompassed installation, painting, sculpture, fashion design and writing. Since the 1970s she has lived in Tokyo, where she continues to work prolifically and to international acclaim.
During our time at the Tate Modern we also went upstairs to the members lounge which has a cafe area and indoor and outdoor seating on balconies with great views across London. We also had a look around a few of the exhibitions.
During the school holidays 2022 there is the Yayoi Kusama's Obliteration Room, which is a white space which visitors are invited to cover with colourful dot stickers. Over the course of a few weeks the room is transformed from a blank canvas into an explosion of colour, with thousands of spots stuck over every available surface. This is a free event, with walk-in slots available.
Monday to Sunday 10.00–18.00
Bankside, London SE1 9TG