Gleaming Lights of the Souls by Yayoi Kusama is one of the most beloved pieces in the museum collection. The installation, dating from 2008, consists of a single space, four by four meters. The walls and ceilings are covered with mirrors; the floor is a reflecting pool; and you stand in the middle of the water on a platform.
Hanging from the ceiling above you are a hundred lamps that resemble glowing ping pong balls. These lamps change colour in a way that transport us into a special rythm and pulse, almost as though we become one with the universe of the installation. Gleaming Lights of the Souls is a truly lyrical work of art in every sense.
Gleaming Light of the Souls is only on show when the entire South Wing is open - please note that there will therefore not be access to this installation from 22 June until and including 24 July 2020.
POLKA DOT COSMOS
In this interview with Louisiana Channel Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama tells – and sings – about her life and her parents, who strongly opposed her artistic ambitions. You can also hear about her working process, in which she blocks out everything else, and about the work in the Louisiana Collection, Gleaming Lights of the Souls, in which she seeks a cosmic vision and sense of an infinity of polka dots.