We did it! Thanks to the #InfinityAGO donors and the David Yuile & Mary Elizabeth Hodgson Fund, internationally acclaimed artist Yayoi Kusama’s stunning artwork, INFINITY MIRRORED ROOM – LET’S SURVIVE FOREVER, is coming to the AGO…forever.
We’re proud that we’ll have Canada’s first Infinity Mirror Room, so art fans today and future generations can experience Kusama’s immersive work. Thank you to over 4,700 #InfinityAGO donors who together raised over $651,180. From all of us at the AGO, thank you for joining together to make infinity happen!
We spoke to few donors to find out why they supported #InfinityAGO. Here’s what they said:
“I’ve never donated to a cultural institution before, but the crowdfunding idea resonated with me as a way to become more engaged and invested in the AGO. I love the idea that hopefully decades from now, people can bring their children to the Infinity Mirror Room and tell their children that their grandparents helped in some small way to bring it to the AGO.” – Laura Cauchi, Toronto, ON
“My wife Alice and I saw Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors this summer…The exhibition was exhilarating and mind-expanding. By supporting #InfinityAGO, we’re giving back, helping … all of Toronto and our larger community get access to Kusama’s amazing artwork, so even more people get the chance to experience what we did this summer – the brilliance of an artist at her peak.” – Samuel Peralta, Toronto, ON
“I saw the Yayoi Kusama exhibition, thanks to my sister-in-law… We had a terrific experience together at the exhibition and were really moved by the art, Yayoi Kusama’s life and philosophy. I happen to have my sister-in-law’s name in our family Christmas draw. When I saw the #InfinityAGO campaign for the permanent Kusama artwork, I knew it was a perfect gift for her – something she’ll really enjoy and appreciate. Plus, it’s exactly the kind of low-environmental-impact experience gift I’m trying to do more often.” – Stacey Ritz, Hamilton, ON
“My wife is a fan of Yayoi Kusama and her installations, but we couldn’t get tickets to see the show at the AGO last spring. I donated as a gift to my wife… then I can surprise my wife with the donation – and the chance to see the Infinity Mirror Room. I think it can only add to the AGO to have such a unique artwork.” – Wade Jemmett, London, ON
“I immediately wanted to make a donation because I’m a huge fan of Kusama’s work and the AGO in general. Part of me thought how neat it would be to walk into the Infinity Mirror Room knowing that I had played a small part in helping bring it to Toronto forever. On the donation page, I noticed that I could donate in memory of someone and thought it would be a wonderful way of honouring my mom, who passed away in 2004. When I was younger, my mother instilled in me a passion for the arts, and always encouraged me to follow my creative instincts wherever they led me.” – Alastair Woods, Toronto, ON
To all the donors to #InfinityAGO – thank you for your support – we couldn’t have done it without you! Stay tuned for details on how you’ll be the first to experience the AGO’s Infinity Mirror Room this spring. We can’t wait for you to feel forever!
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