In 2010 Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen purchased the work ‘Infinity Mirror Room - Phalli’s Field’ by the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is presenting the work permanently in the entrance area. With dots and infinite reflections, the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama plays with our visual perception.
This work, the first of Kusama’s (Matsumoto, 1929) mirror rooms, was exhibited at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in the autumn of 2008 as part of her solo exhibition 'Mirrored Years'. Her enormous installations with her characteristic dots and mirrors are at the root of an increasingly rich tradition of environments in contemporary art.
Yayoi Kusama gained worldwide recognition in the art world. She created a stir with her large installations in which the visitor was surrounded by thousands of small, colourful, stuffed – often phallic – textile objects. Her reputation was especially strong in the Netherlands: in the 1960s she exhibited more frequently here than in any other country.
Alongside many important works by members of the Nul and Zero groups and associated movements, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has an extensive collection of Pop art, Op art and Minimalism. Kusama’s work forms an excellent complement to these aspects of the collection.