Okay, Okay, I know that everyone's feeds have been full of #InfiniteKusama photos, and rightfully so, but I just have to have my piece of the pie and share my thoughts. And like almost every other review I've read; It. Was. Incredible.
The interactive exhibit was enlightening, inspiring and invigorating. It was nearly torturous to be shuffled through each exhibit room (aside from the final space, The Obliteration Room), and while I longed for more time, each new room was just as exciting, in a whole new way. Call it goldfish syndrome, but I could hardly concentrate on one piece or space long enough. I'm definitely going to have to go back... maybe once things calm down a bit (though I wouldn't be surprised if there are lines around the block until the exhibit leaves on May 14th).
The most powerful pieces of the exhibit, I found, where the paintings and historical artifacts that chronicled Yayoi's journey as an artist, and her struggle with metal health issues. Being quoted as having said that the creation of her art is what kept her from suicide, is not only heart breaking, but it brings humanity and real sense of emotion to her work, which often feels fantastical. Nearly everyone I know has personal experience with the struggles of mental health issues, whether their own or a friend or family member's. To see how one individual was able to channel that struggle into something so beautiful and uplifting is really amazing, and keeping that struggle in mind as you journey through this exhibit, I believe, is crucial to true understanding of her work. As I said, I'll definitely be back, but for now, I'll just have to live vicariously through my photos from that day. Moral of the story: Go. Go now. Wait in line for two hours if you have to (we sure did). "Worth It" doesn't even begin to describe how amazing and infinitely important this exhibit it.