The Passing Winter


Tate: Purchased with funds provided by the Asia Pacific Acquisitions Committee 2008

Artwork Light exhibition highlights On display

A mirrored cube positioned at eye level invites viewers to peer through circular holes on each of its sides. Kusama is interested in the behaviour of light when it bounces off a reflective surface, and what this does to our perception of space. Peering inside the cube, we see multiple reflections, giving the illusion of infinite space. The appearance of the sculpture’s interior varies in relation to external conditions, such as the light levels in the room and the surrounding objects and colours, including other viewers engaging with the work.

Yayoi Kusama – Obsessed with Polka Dots video via Tate's YouTube channel.

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13 November 2022

ACMI: Gallery 4



Yayoi Kusama

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Light Impressions


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Light → Light Impressions


1800 x 805 x 805 mm

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3D Object



Mirror and glass

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