The two most talked-about art exhibitions in New York in 2013 were without doubt the interactive ‘Rain Room’ at the Museum of Modern Art, and the ‘Mirrored Room’ installation at the David Zwirner Gallery in Chelsea. The former was an entertaining sensory experience by art collective rAndom International, the latter an immersive work by the seminal Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, and both had round-the-block queues of eager gallery-goers – though the LED-spangled ‘Mirrored Room’ was so popular that each visit was limited to a mere 45 seconds. Following such widespread international success, 2014 marks Nagano-born Kusama’s first major Asia retrospective with ‘A Dream I Dreamed’, on view in Shanghai at the MOCA until the end of the month.
Luckily you won’t have to wait for your chance to view the show, which presents the bulk of Kusama’s signature works dating back to the 60s, including several of her famed ‘infinity’ mirror rooms, as well as her iconic polka-dotted pieces plus newer editions from 2013, like the red-and-white balloons in ‘Dots Obsession’ and the yellow-and-black ‘Great Gigantic Pumpkins’. Fans of the quirky, pop art era-defining artist won’t want to miss the last two weeks of the expansive exhibition – and you can spend as long in the room as you like!
Until March 30, 2014.
People's Park / 231 Nanjing Xi Lu / +86 21 6327 9900 / 10am-6pm Sun-Thu, 9am-7pm Fri-Sat / mocashanghai.org