Yayoi Kusama. Infinito Presente
From the Whitney Museum collection an iconic artwork of the most popular artist in the world
From 17 November 2023 to 124 March 2024, Palazzo della Ragione in Bergamo will be the scene of an extraordinary artistic and cultural operation.
In fact, it will be possible to visit the exhibition of Yayoi Kusama (Matsumoto, Japan, 1929), the most popular artist in the world, according to what was written by the prestigious magazine The Art Newspaper, who will bring in the heart of the Orobic city Fireflies on the Water one of the most iconic Infinity Mirror Room. The artwork comes from the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
The initiative, promoted by The Blank Contemporary Art and the City of Bergamo, is curated by Stefano Raimondi.
The set-up consists of an introductory itinerary that delves into Yayoi Kusama’s research through poems, films and documentation, creating a space for physical and digital sharing of lived experience and allowing entry from various points of view in the imaginary of the famous Japanese artist.
At the center of the itinerary Fireflies on the Water is a room-sized installation designed to be viewed in solitude, one person at a time. Fireflies on the Water is a room-sized installation that is meant to be viewed in solitude, one person at a time. It consists of a small, darkened room lined with mirrors on all sides; a pool of water in the center of the space into which a dock-like viewing platform protrudes; and 150 small lights hanging from the ceiling. In tandem, these components create a dazzling effect of direct and reflected light, emanating from both the mirrors and the water’s surface. Space appears infinite, with no top or bottom, beginning or end. Like Yayoi Kusama’s earliest room-sized installations—including Infinity Mirror Room (1965), in which she combined mirrors and her signature polka-dotted phallic protrusions in an enclosed chamber—Fireflies embodies an almost hallucinatory approach to reality. While related to the artist’s personal mythology and therapeutic working process, it also refers to sources as varied as the myth of Narcissus and Kusama’s native Japanese landscape.
The exhibition is part of ARTDATE, the Contemporary Art Festival organized by The Blank and Palazzo Monti in the cities of Bergamo and Brescia.
More info at the following link:
The Blank Contemporary Art
Comune di Bergamo
Regione Lombardia, Magris Group S.p.a.
Palazzo della Ragione - Piazza Vecchia, Bergamo, 24129
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Important Ticketing Information
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Timed tickets are required for entry into Yayoi Kusama exhibition. Per the artist’s wishes, visitors must enter the installation one at a time, unless assistance is required. There is a one-minute time limit inside the installation.
Due to high demand and to avoid long queue we kindly reccomend to book your visit in advance.
How to reach Palazzo della Ragione (Bergamo Upper Town)
A4 motorway exit “Bergamo”, follow the signs for “Città Alta” and for “Largo Colle Aperto”. Palazzo della Ragione is located in Piazza Vecchia, in the center of the upper city. Paid parking spaces are located along the walls and in the immediate vicinity. On Sunday afternoons and on public holidays, access to the Upper Town is permitted only to public transport, taxis and authorized vehicles.
By Public Transport
From the Bergamo FS train station, take the “1A” bus to Colle Aperto/University. The ticket can be purchased at the station.
From Orio al Serio airport, take bus “1” to Città Alta at the arrivals exit.
Palazzo della Ragione can also be easily reached by taking the funicular to the Upper Town.
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