Tate Modern turns 20 with Kusama exhibition


What’s a birthday without a celebration? In May, Tate Modern will celebrate 20 years since opening, and it’s enlisted one of the most celebrated international contemporary artists to help with the festivities. 


On May 11, a new year-long exhibition by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama will open as part of the museum’s anniversary programme.


Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Rooms will offer a rare chance to experience two of the artist’s immersive mirror room installations and one of Kusama’s largest installations to date, which was originally made for her 2012 retrospective at Tate Modern.



Kusama Chandelier Of Grief 

Yayoi Kusama, Chandelier of Grief 2016. Courtesy Ota Fine Arts and Victoria Miro © Yayoi Kusama 

Kusama Infinity Room

Installation view of Infinity Mirrored Room – Filled with the Brilliance of Life 2011/2017 at Tate Modern © Yayoi Kusama. Photo courtesy of Tate Photography 



Visitors will also find a new series of 20 pairings picked out across the museum to showcase the diverse range of ideas and stories in Tate’s collection. These will include Louise Bourgeois’ giant spider Maman, which was the very first work visitors encountered when Tate Modern opened in 2000. It will return to the Turbine Hall for the anniversary in May.


Maman Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois, Maman 1999. Tate. Presented by the artist 2008 © The Easton Foundation 


Frances Morris, Director of Tate Modern, said: “Our plans for May 2020 encapsulate the best of Tate Modern. We will shine a spotlight on some of the newest artists to join our collection, go behind-the-scenes in our conservation studio, and run talks and tours across the building. We also want to highlight some of the artists Tate Modern has championed over the past 20 years: Kusama and Bourgeois, for example, not only represent our commitment to great artists with truly international careers, but they also embody art’s journey from the avant-gardes of the early 20th century to the immersive installations being created today.”


Since it was first officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen two decades ago, Tate Modern has welcomed nearly 100 million visitors and earned its position as one of the world’s most visited museums of modern and contemporary art. We can’t wait to see what the next 20 years have in store.


Tickets for Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Rooms go on sale on 2 March 2020.