From the 57th Venice Biennale, to a traveling exhibition allowing viewers to experience infinity, all the way to the shores of Cape Town for the opening of Africa’s first contemporary art museum of its kind, these are the most talked about events in the art world. Perhaps a few of these happenings will coincide with trips already planned … or even inspire a vacation of its own.
Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors
The Broad Museum
Los Angeles, California
October 2017 to January 2018
The most talked about art show of 2017 is Yayoi Kusama’s traveling exhibition Infinity Mirrors, where the 88-year-old, Japanese-born artist (b. 1929) displays her series of mirror-lined chambers and kaleidoscopic environments alongside other key works. The show also brings the North American debut of All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins (2016), a whimsical room featuring yellow, dotted pumpkins. A single-installation version of Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room, has been on view at The Broad since 2015 and features endless LED flickering lights in total darkness, conceiving an extension of space and a disorientating experience for viewers. If you can’t catch the impressive exhibition at The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Feb. 26 to May 14), or The Seattle Art Museum (June 30 to Sept. 10), then head to The Broad this October.
Cape Town, South Africa
Opening September 22, 2017 (Grand Public Opening Weekend: Sept. 22 to Sept. 25, free for everyone)
Widely considered as the most significant museum to be built on the African continent in more than 100 years, Zeitz MOCAA will sit on Cape Town’s Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and occupy a historic grain silo complex originally built in 1921. Previously the tallest building in Cape Town for half a century, this grain silo played a vital role in the country’s agricultural economy. Developers of Zeitz MOCAA hope to honor it as an historic landmark all while physically and conceptually reinventing it as a non-for-profit cultural institution dedicated to serve the public and epitomize civic significance. Zeitz MOCAA is a collaborative achievement between Jochen Zeitz and the V&A Waterfront, as well as Executive Director and Chief Curator Mark Coetzee, and Heatherwick Studio. The 100,000-square-foot museum will cover nine floors and feature 80 galleries with a mission to collect, preserve, research and exhibit cutting-edge Contemporary art from Africa and beyond.
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Photos courtesy of B. Glow, Giulio Squillacciotti and National Gallery of Victoria