Though Yayoi Kusama's dazzling, kaleidoscopic Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors has been digitally immortalized by Instagrammers who have lined up from New York City to Seattle to Washington, D.C., to capture selfies inside the installation, the show will soon get a more analog adaptation. In conjunction with the arrival of Infinity Mirrors this fall at The Broad, the Los Angeles museum has collaborated with venerable porcelain purveyor Bernardaud on a collection of tabletop items drawn from Kusama's now-iconic show.
Bernardaud has a strong track record of translating blue-chip art to porcelain: The company has previously created collaborations with Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Kara Walker, and Vik Muniz. For Kusama, Bernardaud—working in collaboration with museum staff—developed mirrored cups that reflect dotted patterns on saucers and platters.
"We wanted to develop pieces that felt a little more like the way it feels to actually experience the installation," explains Jeannine Guido, director of museum operations at The Broad. "We’ve worked with Bernardaud on other anamorphic products, and we thought that the reflective, mirrored surface of the cups would be a perfect fit with Kusama's work."
"We did several iterations based on [our] own experience of the infinity mirrored room and how we wanted it reflected in the pieces," adds Rob Hudson, The Broad's director of retail operations. "We even had the CEO, Michel Bernardaud, and his team do a site visit to experience the infinity room for themselves. Once we were happy with those final iterations, we sent photos again to Kusama’s studio, for a second level of approval."
The collection is a striking collector's edition and an enticing way to own a piece of an experiential show. "While Kusama’s works are unparalleled, and obviously extremely aspirational, these offerings provide an opportunity to collect something that is exquisitely produced by the world’s premier porcelain manufacturers at an accessible price point," Hudson explains. Your morning coffee is about to get a whole lot more artful.