Updated: May 29, 2018
The much anticipated exhibit celebrating the Queen of Polka Dots has arrived in Toronto and folks can't get enough of it! The only Canadian stop on the tour, you can catch it until May 27th at the AGO ( Art Gallery of Ontario). If you haven't braved the virtual queues to get your tickets yet I would go before it's too late. The spots are filling up and you don't want to miss this unique experience before it leaves!
Celebrating the long career of Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama, the Infinity Mirrors exhibit will transport you into another world of colour and perspective. A combination of art, sculpture and of course her 6 Infinity Mirror exhibits offer you a fully immersive experience (and a window into the brilliant mind of Kusama).
Of course given the high demand, access to the exhibit is strictly regulated and per Kusama's own rules you are only allowed in the rooms for a defined amount of time (trust me it's strictly enforced by staff armed with stopwatches). So here are some tips to get the most out of the experience.
1. Arrive early: Entry is timed and you will have to lineup right from the start until your window is called, so get there early! It helps if you are at the start from the get go when you will be spending the rest of the time lined up for each room.
2. Be the 3rd wheel: Most rooms have a limit of 3 at entry and most people were there in groups. A a result I found that the staff were always asking for singles who were willing to go in with a couple (forming a separate line for singles to pull from). So if you want to jump the line a bit this is the way to go!
3. Be prepared: You will have at most 20-35 seconds in each of rooms so make sure you have your phones ready and cameras set before you go in. The last thing you want is to be fumbling around trying to open up the camera when the door opens up again.
4. Be patient: Finally, give yourself enough time! It would be safe to allocate at least 3 hours to go through the whole exhibit. Don't worry, there will be a lot to keep your occupied while you wait in the lineups but there is no escaping the fact you will have to line up!
This is one exhibit you do not want to miss out this year and the wait is well worth it! Be transported into the colourful and mesmerizing mind of Yayoi Kusama.