Despite all of the people taking photos at the Hirshhorn exhibit “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors,” no one seems to have captured the moment when a visitor damaged one of Kusama’s famous pumpkin sculptures Saturday.
The yellow and black pumpkin was one of many hand-painted acrylic gourds glowing in the artist’s tiny mirrored room called “All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins.” Visitors to the exhibit get 30 seconds inside the room with the door closed, which is why no security guard saw the incident, museum spokesperson Allison Peck said.
Because of the minor damage, the room was closed to visitors Saturday and remained closed on Monday. Peck said the museum hoped to reopen it later Monday or on Tuesday.
She said no one knows exactly how the pumpkin got damaged.
“When you go in there, you close the door, so we can’t speculate on what happened,” she said.
To get into the wildly popular exhibit, art lovers must first nab free timed tickets (released Mondays at noon on the Hirshhorn website), wait in line to get inside the exhibit and then wait in more lines to enter each of the exhibit’s “mirror rooms.” In addition to the pumpkin room, the exhibit includes a room filled with candles, a room with twinkling lights and a room visitors cover in museum-supplied polka dot stickers.
Nabil El-Ghoroury, who visited the exhibit Sunday, was disappointed to find the pumpkin room closed.
“A staff member in the dots room told me someone went in and they heard a crash,” the Silver Spring resident said. “I’m assuming they fell. If they broke something on purpose, that sucks.”