Act Fast: New Tickets Added for Montreal’s FREE “Infinity Mirror Rooms”

New tickets for the hugely popular Dancing lights that flew out into the universe, two photogenic “infinity mirror rooms” are up for grabs starting Monday afternoon.

To celebrate its 15th anniversary, the PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art has been presenting its new exhibition by acclaimed Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama since July.

Because the exhibit is so dazzling and admission is free, places book up quickly — like books up for months quickly.

The exhibit introduces visitors to the “spiritual and philosophical depth of the artist’s work,” says the PHI Museum, including its two remarkable “infinity mirrored rooms.”

The two mirrored rooms are filled with suspended light globes that alternate colors before darkening. “The viewer is absorbed in darkness for a moment before the luminous spheres slowly re-ignite, again initiating a similar cycle of life and rebirth,” says PHI.

This is Kusama’s first solo exhibition in Quebec and the PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art says the highly anticipated event has become a “major draw” for local and international tourists.

PHI says tickets for November will be available Monday, October 17 at noon ET. The Foundation says that if you’re not lucky enough to nab tickets, you can “try your luck” during special Sunday hours or during its guided tours on Tuesdays.

Currently, due to a large number of visitors, the venue does not accept walk-ins.

Although admission is free, a reservation for timed entry is required to ensure short waiting times and a pleasant passage through the exhibition.

Born in Matsumoto, Japan in 1929, Yayoi Kusama is considered one of the most popular living contemporary artists in the world today. Over the past seven decades, she has created paintings, sculptures, installations, drawings and films, as well as performance, fashion, design, literature and immersive installations.

“Kusama has long explored the conceptual and formal aspects of phenomenology and immersion in his work,” says PHI. “At a time when the digital and the virtual have overwhelmed our sensibilities, Kusama’s environments offer analog experiences that situate viewers both within and beyond our universes.”

Dancing Lights That Flew up to the Universe will take place until January 15, 2023, in case you don’t get tickets. December tickets will be available in November — don’t worry, we’ll let you know.

Good luck!

Dancing lights that flew out into the universe

When: From now until January 15, 2023
Time: Wednesday to Friday, noon to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: PHI Foundation — 451 Saint-Jean Street
Price: FREE

Christy J. Olson