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To Infinity and Beyond

An installation by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama lights up at the Museum of Fine Arts’ newest exhibit.  

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The MFA adds Yayoi Kusama’s “Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity” to its permanent collection. 

This summer, the Museum of Fine Arts presents At the End of the Universe, an exhibition by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama featuring two psychedelic infinity rooms and a handful of paintings. Open until Sept. 18, the installations offer a powerful cultural experience, not to mention incredible selfie opportunities.

At age 87, Kusama—one of Time magazine’s Most Influential People of 2016—has been a powerful force behind contemporary art for decades. After making it big in New York’s avant-garde art scene during the 1960s, she moved back to Japan and withdrew from the spotlight. She then re-emerged on the international circuit in 1993, representing Japan at the Venice Biennale. Now, thanks to curator Alison de Lima Greene, her infinity rooms make their first trip to Texas.

“When you walk in, you lose consciousness of your physical limits,” de Lima Greene says of “Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity,” a room filled with mirrors and floating lights that slowly progress through a fade cycle. The effect is stunning. “I can’t wait for someone to ask permission to propose marriage in it.”