Love is Calling: Inside Kusama’s Infinity Room


Wow. That’s the best way we know how to describe our feelings when entering Yayoi Kusama’s infinity room. It is a visual rhapsody — and a mesmerizing labyrinth of emotion.

Kusama is the biggest selling female artist in the world. Her indelible look — from her red wig to her polka dot clad outfits — and her infinitely transfixing installations have made her one of the most recognizable forces in the art world. The nature of her work has also translated to social media virality.

When The Vinik Family Foundation announced this installation was coming to the city, the entire arts community was buzzing. To be frank, Love is Calling is a big freaking deal for Tampa. We can’t think of a better venue to showcase it than the Tampa Museum of Art — complementing the recent addition of the brilliant Aphrodite Reimagined sculpture.

Prepare for sensory overload.

Kusama’s work aims to suspend time and offer visitors the opportunity to experience her notion of infinity.

The polka dot patterns entwined with infinity signifies the relationship between mortals and the unknown expanse of the universe.

This infinity room features an immersive mirrored environment with audio of Kusama reciting a love poem she composed, Residing in a Castle of Shed Tears.

“We were kind of overwhelmed with sensation,” said Jeff Vinik when discussing his initial thoughts upon entering the Love is Calling exhibit when it was on view at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.

The installation will be at The Tampa Museum of Art from September 28 through February 14. Learn more by visiting the museum’s website.

Photos by Ysanne Taylor, photographer for That’s So Tampa.

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