December 4, 2018 1:37 pm

AGO’s permanent ‘Infinity Mirrors’ exhibit to arrive in spring 2019

Wed, Mar 7: Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, 88, is creating a lot of buzz in Toronto. Her "Infinity" rooms, which use mirrors and light in jaw-dropping ways, are currently on display at the AGO. But since tickets are hard to get, we thought we’d show you what all of the fuss is about.

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TORONTO – The Art Gallery of Ontario says it now has the money it needs to buy a $2-million Infinity Mirror room.

The Toronto gallery says its online crowdfunding campaign raised $651,183 from more than 4,700 donors. That’s about half of the $1.3-million target it had set for the month-long campaign.

READ MORE: AGO launches crowdfunding campaign to permanently install ‘Infinity Mirrors’ exhibit in Toronto

The rest of the money comes from the David Yuile & Mary Elizabeth Hodgson Fund, held in the AGO Foundation.

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Before the campaign, the fund provided $1 million for the piece. After the campaign, the same fund covered the balance remaining, which included an extra $300,000 to cover publicity and installation costs.

READ MORE: ‘Infinity Mirrors’ to debut at Art Gallery of Ontario this weekend

The gallery says it is buying a mirrored room by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama called “Let’s Survive Forever.” It features mirrored orbs suspended from the ceiling and arranged on the ground.

Kusama’s Instagram-friendly contemporary art drew more than 169,000 visitors to an AGO exhibition last spring.

VIDEO: Incredible Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Rooms prepare for Canadian opening

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