THANK YOU FOR MAKING INFINITY POSSIBLE!

Thanks to over 4,700 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. From all of us at the AGO, thank you for making infinity happen!

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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Share the news that we’ve acquired Yayoi Kusama’s stunning artwork INFINITY MIRRORED ROOM - LET’S SURVIVE FOREVER, arriving at the AGO this spring. Stay tuned for more details. Thank you for making infinity happen!

 


 

FAQs

InfinityAGO FAQs including fulfillment

GENERAL

Q. If I donated, when can I see the Infinity Mirror Room?

The Infinity Mirror Room will arrive in Toronto in spring 2019. All donors will be contacted in early 2019 to register for an advance viewing period before the Infinity Mirror Room opens to the general public.

Q. If I donated more, will I get more access to the Infinity Mirror Room?

All donors of $25 and up will enjoy the same early access to the Infinity Mirror Room before it opens to the general public – the number of tickets you’ll receive depends on your donation amount. Check out this handy benefits chart to find out more.

Q. How will my donation be recognized?

Donors will be recognized on digital signage near the Infinity Mirror Room for one year. Donors will also be listed on the AGO website after the #InfinityAGO campaign ends for a period of time. Donors who gave $2,500+ will have their names listed on the artwork’s label…for infinity.

Q. If I donated as a gift to a friend, what are the next steps for giving the gift of Kusama?

Donors of $25 and up will be contacted in early 2019 about how to book free advance tickets. Please forward this notification to your friend who can register for the free ticket(s). How many tickets you can give depends on your donation amount. If, at the time you donated, you filled out the name of your friend in the Recognition box, your friend’s name will be listed on the AGO website and digital signage near the artwork.

Q. How will I receive other benefits from my donation (buttons, tote bags, etc.)?

Donors of ($25 and up) will be contacted in spring 2019 to register for an advanced viewing of the 
Infinity Mirror Room as well as with details about how to receive other benefits. (For more information on benefits, check out this handy chart.)

Q. Do I get a tax receipt for my donation? And for what amount?

All donations of $100 and up received a charitable tax receipt for the maximum allowable amount. The amount of each receipt varied depending on donation amount and associated benefits. In cases where donors of $25 and up waived their benefits, they received a full tax receipt.

VISITING THE INFINITY MIRROR ROOM

Q. If I donated, when can I see the Infinity Mirror Room?

The Infinity Mirror Room will arrive at the AGO in spring 2019. Donors of $25 and up will be contacted in early 2019 to register for an advance viewing period to see the Infinity Mirror Room before it opens to the general public.

Q. If I donated, can I bring a friend to see the Infinity Mirror Room?

Donors of $25 will receive one advance viewing ticket. Donors who gave $50 or more will receive at least two tickets to see the Infinity Mirror Room in advance. See this handy chart for details about ticket numbers.

Q. If I didn’t donate, when can I see the Infinity Mirror Room?

Visitors who didn’t donate to the #InfinityAGO campaign – both Members and the general public – will be invited to see it after the donors’ viewing period has ended. While Members and the general public will need to reserve timed entry tickets to the Infinity Mirror Room, the artwork will be part of General Admission.

Q. As a Member do I get advanced access?

#InfinityAGO donors will get the first chance to see the Infinity Mirror Room. Visitors who didn’t donate to the #InfinityAGO campaign – both Members and the general public – will be invited to see it after the donors’ viewing period has ended.

Q. Will this new Infinity Mirror Room be time ticketed?

Yes. Given the nature of the artwork and to ensure as many people as possible can see the work when it arrives, there will be limitations on how many people can be in the Infinity Mirror Room at one time and there will be timed tickets. Donors will be contacted in early 2019 to register for an exclusive advanced viewing period. Stay tuned for details about how and when the new work will be exhibited!

ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN

Q. How were the funds raised to acquire the Infinity Mirror Room?

As a charity, the AGO relies on generous donors to acquire new works of art and make exhibitions and programming possible. Before the #InfinityAGO campaign began, the AGO secured $1 million towards the purchase of the Infinity Mirror Room from the David Yuile & Mary Elizabeth Hodgson Fund held in The AGO Foundation. The #InfinityAGO campaign raised an additional $651,183 from over 4,700 donors joining together. The outpouring of support is inspiring and reinforces that this extraordinary artwork belongs in the AGO Collection. Recognizing the importance of this work, we reached back into the Hodgson Fund – a fund dedicated to art acquisitions – to complete the campaign. The Hodgson Fund is an endowment fund that has grown significantly since it was established in 2005. As a result, we did not need to touch the fund’s capital for the purpose of acquiring the Infinity Mirror Room.

Q. What is the David Yuile & Mary Elizabeth Hodgson Fund?

The David Yuile & Mary Elizabeth Hodgson Fund was established in The AGO Foundation in 2005 as the result of a generous bequest from the Estate of David Y. Hodgson. The Hodgson Fund is an endowment fund supporting the acquisition of contemporary art for the AGO Collection. Over the years, the Fund has enabled the AGO to acquire significant artworks by leading Canadian, Indigenous and international contemporary artists. Among the works to enter our Collection are iconic works by Brian Jungen, Suzy Lake and Kent Monkman, as well as key pieces by renowned international artists Pierre Huyghe, Steve McQueen and Adrián Villar Rojas, among others. As a charitable organization, the AGO has limited funds available for Collection-building, and we are deeply grateful for the acquisitions that the Hodgson Fund has made possible.

Q. Why did the AGO crowdfund to buy a Kusama Infinity Mirror Room?

We are devoted to bringing the world’s best art to the AGO. Kusama is one of the world's leading contemporary artists. It’s clear Toronto loves Kusama. Over 165,000 people visited the AGO to see the exhibition Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors in spring 2018. As a charity, we rely on the generosity of donors to acquire new artworks that will help build the AGO’s Collection to be enjoyed today and for generations to come. That’s why we asked the public to help bring a Kusama Infinity Mirror Room to Toronto…for infinity so today’s art lovers and future generations can enjoy this mesmerizing work.

It’s actually not the first time we’ve done this. Back in 1958, the Art Gallery of Toronto (an earlier name for the AGO) showcased a new purchase, Jacopo Tintoretto’s Christ Washing the Disciples’ Feet. In order to afford the purchase, the art museum hung a reproduction of the painting, covered with one-by-one inch squares of white paper, which were sold to supporters, visitors and members of the public for $10 each. As donations came in, squares were removed to reveal the reproduction. Once all the squares were purchased, the museum had officially raised enough money to buy the painting. As we learned with the Tintoretto, when a person helps to bring a work of art to a museum, it can build a lifelong connection both to the work and the art museum.

Q. How much did the fundraising campaign cost?

One of the benefits of crowdfunding is the relatively low overhead. That means more dollars go to the acquisition of the artwork. To reach our goal, we needed a lot of donations from a lot of people – and it cost money to get the word out. There are also costs for fulfilling the benefits of a crowdfunding campaign, from buttons to umbrellas and more. The total cost of the #InfinityAGO campaign is approximately 15% percent of our overall goal, with over 85 per cent of funds going to acquire the art work.

ABOUT THE INFINITY MIRROR ROOM

Q. Which Infinity Mirror Room will come to Toronto … for infinity?

INFINITY MIRRORED ROOM - LET’S SURVIVE FOREVER is an extraordinary artwork – featuring mirrored orbs suspended from the ceiling and arranged on the ground. It’s bigger than many other Infinity Mirror Rooms. And it’s never been exhibited in Canada. The installation, artnet describes, “ups the ante by placing an Infinity Room within an Infinity Room...[installing] a mirrored rectangular column inside a mirror installation. If you peer through the holes of the column, you can see a seemingly endless array of steel orbs extending in every direction.” We’re thrilled this stunning artwork by internationally acclaimed artist Yayoi Kusama is coming to the AGO…forever. The AGO is the first Canadian art museum to acquire a Kusama Infinity Mirror Room.

Q. Will the Infinity Mirror Room live at the AGO permanently?

Yes. The artwork will join the AGO’s Collection. As with all works in the AGO Collection, at times the works are not on view in order to preserve their long-term integrity and/or to enable the AGO to present exhibitions of great artists from across Canada and around the world. We know that there will be great excitement to see the Infinity Mirror Room, so we’re committed to having it on view for as long as possible. The Infinity Mirror Room will be a signature work in the AGO Collection.

Q. How much does the Infinity Mirror Room cost?

The artwork cost $2 million CAD. As a charity, the AGO relies on generous donors to acquire new works of art and make exhibitions and programming possible. Before the #InfinityAGO campaign began, the AGO secured $1 million towards the purchase of the Infinity Mirror Room from the David Yuile & Mary Elizabeth Hodgson Fund held in The AGO Foundation. The #InfinityAGO campaign raised an additional $651,183 from over 4,700 donors joining together. The outpouring of support is inspiring and reinforces that this extraordinary artwork belongs in the AGO Collection. Recognizing the importance of this work, we reached back into the Hodgson Fund – a fund dedicated to art acquisitions – to complete the campaign. The Hodgson Fund is an endowment fund that has grown significantly since it was established in 2005. As a result, we did not need to touch the fund’s capital for the purpose of acquiring the Infinity Mirror Room.

Q. Will we get to see the Infinity Mirror Room being installed?

The artist prefers that visitors see only the finished artwork. The Infinity Mirror Room will arrive in Toronto in spring 2019. As soon as it’s installed and ready to go on view, we’ll be sure to let donors, Members and the public know about viewing opportunities.

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