Dallas Museum of Art Acquires Yayoi Kusama Mirror Room
The Dallas Museum of Art has acquired a Yayoi Kusama “Infinity Mirror Room” installation titled All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins (2016). Originally on view last year at Victoria Miro Gallery in London, the work is Kusama’s first mirror-room work featuring her pumpkin sculptures since 1991. The work will be jointly owned by the museum and the Rachofsky Collection, which is also based in Dallas.
Kusama’s “Infinity Rooms” are currently the subject of a blockbuster exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum. (The show debuted earlier this year at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.) These works tend to generate long lines and many Instagram posts, and often sell for large sums of money.
All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins made headlines earlier this year when one visitor to the Hirshhorn version of the “Infinity Rooms” exhibition broke a pumpkin sculpture in the installation. The piece had been valued at about $800,000.
The acquisition for the Dallas Museum of Art is notable in that no other museum in North America has a similar work. When it goes on view there on October 1, it will be “key to understanding [Kusama’s] practice,” Gavin Delahunty, a contemporary-art curator at the museum, said in a statement.