The great Jori Finkel informs us that the Broad Museum has bought traffic in the form of Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Room:
Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Mirrored Room,” the LED-studded walk-in installation that inspired eight-hour lines and countless selfies when shown at the David Zwirner Gallery in Manhattan last fall, is now heading to Los Angeles. The collectors Eli and Edythe Broad have bought the room-size installation for the Broad, their new art museum, for an undisclosed price.
Their collection, strong on artists such as Jeff Koons and Cindy Sherman, is not known for its light-based art or immersive artworks. But the Broads are making an effort to buy more large-scale, visitor-friendly art installations in the run-up to opening the museum’s new Diller Scofidio + Renfro building, currently scheduled for 2015.
Other recent acquisitions in this spirit include Ragnar Kjartansson’s “The Visitors” from 2012, a nine-screen experimental music video, bought from Luhring Augustine, and William Kentridge’s five-channel-video plus sculpture installation, “The Refusal of Time,” purchased from Marian Goodman. (Another example of this Kentridge installation is jointly owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.)
Broad Art Museum Acquires Kusama’s ‘Infinity Mirrored Room’ (NYTimes.com)