YAYOI KUSAMA’S UNIQUE CHAMBER OF WONDER NOW OPEN
Yayoi Kusama is one of the most important post-war Japanese artists. Between 1958 and 1972, she worked mainly in New York. Kusama returned to Japan in 1977, where she voluntarily admitted herself to a psychiatric clinic. She continues to live there today. The famous artist wakes up early every day, leaving the clinic to go to her studio, located across the street, so that she can dedicate herself to her art. In one of her very rare interviews, she revealed that this is the only routine which allows her to create art; she credits it with saving her life.
International hype surrounding Kusama
The most captivating mirror installation on display permanently
Swarovski Kristallwelten has opened the only permanent Kusama installation in the world which can be visited year-round – aside from her gallery which opened in Tokyo in 2017 – starting now. It is now the 17th Chamber of Wonder, located in a building west of the iconic Giant. Kusama is exhibiting one of her
most spectacular mirror installations to date in Wattens, entitled “Chandelier of Grief.” The central element is a rotating chandelier of Swarovski crystal, whose luster comes to life in a room that is completely lined with mirrors. “When we promise visitors to the Swarovski Kristallwelten that they will experience ‘Temporary Enchantment,’ this new Chamber of Wonder is one step closer to making it a reality, and it does this in a very special way,” as Stefan Isser, the managing director of D. Swarovski Tourism Services GmbH, delightfully notes. Carla Rumler, Cultural Director at Swarovski, added: “The new Chamber of Wonder with Kusama’s Infinity Room ‘Chandelier of Grief’ invites visitors to pause for a moment and at the same time creates the illusion of being in an endless space. This sensual and spatial experience has an almost transcendental effect. So I am all the more pleased that our visitors will be able to enjoy this experience for an unlimited time.”
About Yayoi Kusama
The artist was born in 1929 in Japan and studied in Kyoto and at the Art Students’ League in New York. She has worked with many leading luxury brands, including Luis Vuitton. Kusama’s works have been on display in numerous exhibitions, including at famous galleries such as MOMA in New York, the Museum of Modern Art in London, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. The artist has been involved in researching and optimizing mirrored spaces since 1965. This was when she created the “Infinity Mirror Room – Phalli’s Field,” representing the prototype for a space with walls covered in mirrors that reflect the floor and ceiling endlessly.