31.12.2022 – Reflections or Reflexions on Life & The Infinity Mirrors by Yayoi Kusama 草間 彌生

We are last December 17th… the snow, which has now almost completely disappeared, was like a thick white blanket comforting the city. Enough snow, to take the Metro to Old Montreal, but fortunately not enough to miss this Expo, which I had wanted to visit for several months before.

I first heard about the Infinity Mirror Rooms Exhibition in 2018 when it had been presented in Toronto which I was not able to visit. The Montreal exhibit, which is about to end on January 15, 2023, opened last July. Since then, the months have passed and it was close to impossible to get tickets, which disappeared every month, before I was able to get my hand on some tickets.

On November 15, it was announced to be the last “sale” and my last chance. I was online a few hours than the time it went live. I found myself 663rd in the virtual waiting room and yesssss, I managed to get my hands on 3 tickets! To add to the joy, I learned that the tickets were free! A few minutes later, the show was sold out!

Montreal … December 2022

YAYOI KUSAMA – DANCING LIGHTS THAT FLEW UP THE UNIVERSE  06.07.2022 – 15.01.2023 – Centre PHI Montréal

Yayoi Kusama 草間 彌生
Yayoi Kusama 草間 彌生 1939

Yayoi Kusama 草間 彌生, born March 22, 1929, is a Japanese artist, known throughout the world, for her explorations in painting, sculpture and for her Inifinity Mirror Rooms.. For her, the artistic experience is not limited to observation, but she invites the viewer to enter the work itself.

Yayoi Kusama 草間 彌生 Infinity Mirrors Centre Phi Montreal
Yayoi Kusama 草間 彌生 
Infinity Mirrors 
Centre Phi Montreal

I didn’t think I had heard of Yayoi Kusama before 2018. During the visit to the exhibition, I was suddenly overwhelmed with a huge Deja Vu!

Flashback… 15 years ago!

Internal View of ''The Passing Winter'' by Yayoi Kusama,, New York 2007

New York … 2007

Internal View of ''The Passing Winter'' by Yayoi Kusama, New York 2007

We are in 2007, I am visiting New York for a week, with my friends Annie and Paty, two inspiring Visual Arts artists. A trip like no other… Completely out of my usual comfort zone, but certainly one of my most beautiful and memorable travel memories.

I’m not sure if we found this cube of mirrors, which looked rather plain from the outside, in an Art Gallery in Chelsey… or at the Moma, but one thing I’m sure of, is that I experienced the infinite mirrors, during this amazing, funny and inspiring adventure!

(Thanks to a photo Album on Facebook and Google, I was able to find my pictures, and the name of the Artwork)

Flash Forward.. 2022

Yayoi Kusama 草間 彌生 
Infinity Mirrors 
Centre Phi Montreal

& 45 secondes…

The time we have… to experience the Infinity Mirror Rooms

I chose to share this story because it is part of a tornado of reflections/ reflections, that have been running through my heart for several years now.

Mirrors that reflect my life and life all around, but also the image of the person I am transforming into.

In the last few months, I found myself saying out loud that I often feel like I no longer recognize myself. The Pandemic, The Menopause, Life, Death, Fear, have changed me more than I can understand. At the same time, I am becoming… or going back to the person I have always been. A strange but never the less, interesting contradiction.

For the past few days, I have been hearing around me, how difficult 2022 has been for many people. It is certainly a very real and legitimate sentiment, for a lot of people, and I have often felt ashamed to admit that for us, or at least for me, 2022 had been good.

And yet… There may have been more dark days than bright moments. But through all the contradictions, the dark thoughts, the moments of discouragement… 2022 is the beginning and the continuity… of a beautiful, great adventure…

Metro Station Montreal

An Now… 2023… It’s your turn to shine!

Happy New Year to all of you!!!