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!

 


 

SHARE #INFINITYAGO WITH FRIENDS

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: Can I give the gift of Kusama to a friend or family member?

Yes! Looking for that perfect gift? We’ve got you covered! This holiday season give the gift of Kusama so your friends and family can experience the magic of Kusama’s immersive artwork. Donate to #InfinityAGO today and give the gift of guaranteed early access to the Infinity Mirror Room at the AGO.* We expect the Infinity Mirror Room will be very popular when it arrives at the AGO in spring 2019. Don’t miss the chance to give this amazing gift! Help your family and friends see this extraordinary artwork – first. Give the gift of Kusama today!

To give the gift of Kusama, on the Donate page, in the Recognition box enter the name of the person you want to give a gift to. Then in the spring, when you are contacted about how to book free advance tickets to the Infinity Mirror Room, forward the notification to your friend who can register for the free ticket(s). How many tickets you can give depends on the donation amount.

*Donors of $25 or more may choose to opt for a full tax receipt rather than an advance ticket (or tickets) to the Infinity Mirror Room and other benefits.

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

Spring 2019. When the #InfinityAGO campaign is complete, we will be able to confirm that the Infinity Mirror Room will arrive in Toronto in spring 2019. All donors will be contacted in spring 2019 to register for an advance viewing period before the Infinity Mirror Room opens to the general public. Donate today to help and get guaranteed early access to this amazing art work.

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

We know Torontonians have infinite love for Kusama. That’s why all donors of $25 and up will enjoy* the same early access to the Infinity Mirror Room. Donors of $25 and up will have an opportunity* to see the room before it opens to the general public. The more you donate, the more you’ll get other fantastic benefits like limited edition Kusama buttons and umbrellas, and the more tickets you’ll get to see the Infinity Mirror Room in advance. Plus, you’ll be helping the AGO, a charity, buy this amazing artwork…for infinity. *Donors of $25 or more may choose to opt for a full tax receipt rather than an advance ticket (or tickets) to the Infinity Mirror Room and other benefits.

Q. How will my donation be recognized?

All 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 give $2,500 and up, will have their names* listed on the artwork’s label…for infinity. *Donors can also choose to donate anonymously.

Q. How do I pick up the benefits from my donation?

Every donation brings us closer to our goal. Donors of ($25 and up) will be contacted in spring 2019 to register for an advanced viewing of the Infinity Mirror Room.* You can pick up your benefits (see donation levels for details) when you come to see the Infinity Mirror Room. *Donors of $25 or more may choose to opt for a full tax receipt rather than an advance ticket (or tickets) to the Infinity Mirror Room and other benefits.

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

All donations of $100 and up will receive a charitable tax receipt for the maximum allowable amount. The amount of each receipt will vary depending on donation amount and associated benefits. Donors of $25 or more may choose to opt for a full tax receipt rather than an advance ticket (or tickets) to the Infinity Mirror Room and other benefits.

Q. If I donate, does that mean I own a piece of the artwork?

We know Toronto loves Kusama. That’s why we’re asking the people of Toronto to help bring a Kusama Infinity Mirror Room to Toronto and the AGO…forever. All donors will be recognized* on digital signage near the Infinity Mirror Room for one year. Donors will also be listed on the AGO website when the #InfinityAGO campaign ends for a period of time.* Donors who give $2,500 and up will have their names* listed on the artwork’s label…for infinity. And depending on the level of support, donors will receive a variety of benefits for their donation. The artwork will belong to the AGO, and in turn, to the people of the city.

*Donors can also choose to donate anonymously.

VISITING THE INFINITY MIRROR ROOM

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

Spring 2019. When we complete the #InfinityAGO campaign, we will be able to confirm the Infinity Mirror Room will arrive in Toronto in spring 2019. Donors of $25 and up will be contacted in spring 2019 to register for an advance viewing period to see the Infinity Mirror Room before it opens to the general public. Donate today to help and get guaranteed early access to this amazing art work.

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

Donors who give $25 and up will be contacted in the spring to register for an early viewing period to see the room – before it opens to the general public.* Donors of $25 will receive* one advance viewing ticket. Donors who give $50 or more will receive* at least two tickets to see the Infinity Mirror Room in advance. Please check the donor levels for details about ticket numbers. *Donors of $25 or more may choose to opt for a full tax receipt rather than an advance ticket (or tickets) to the Infinity Mirror Room and other benefits.

Q. If I don’t donate, when can I see the room?

Donors will get a chance to see the Infinity Mirror Room before it opens to the general public. 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 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?

Donors to the campaign 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. Like many of the Kusama Infinity Mirror Rooms that were part of the exhibition Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, the new Infinity Mirror Room will have space constraints. For the protection of the artwork, there will be limitations on how many people can be in the Infinity Mirror Room at one time. To enable as many people as possible to see this mesmerizing work in a comfortable manner, there will be timed tickets. Details about how and when the new work will be exhibited are still to be confirmed. We need to acquire the work first! Donors will be contacted in the spring to register for an exclusive advanced viewing period. Stay tuned for details!

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.

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 is the AGO crowdfunding to buy a Kusama Infinity Mirror Room?

We are devoted to bringing the world’s best art to Toronto. 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. We want to bring a Kusama artwork to the AGO…forever. 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. We’re asking the people of Toronto 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.

Q: What happens to my donation if you don’t raise the full amount needed?

We’re confident that, with the public’s support, we can reach our goal and bring the Infinity Mirror Room to the AGO. The AGO has a strong history of successful fundraising campaigns. We know that the people of Toronto love Kusama. Thousands of you lined up, in person and online, early in the morning and late into the night for the chance to see the work of Kusama. Kusama has a home in our hearts. Now her work needs a permanent home at the AGO. And your donation will help make that happen. The AGO will not return donations. We know $1.3 million is an ambitious goal. But we’re confident in our community that we’ll reach our goal. Every donation brings us closer to bringing an Infinity Mirror Room to Toronto...forever. A central theme in Kusama's work is the idea of connectivity. We like that the InfinityAGO campaign means thousands of people working together to bring great art to Toronto. Together, we can reach infinite possibilities.

Q: How much does 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 need a lot of donations from a lot of people – tens of thousands of people – and it costs 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.

Q: How many donors does the AGO need to reach its goal?

Tens of thousands. Every donation brings us closer to our goal. Join the growing community of supporters devoted to bringing great art to Toronto for today and future generations. Kusama has a home in our hearts. It’s time Kusama’s artwork has a home at the AGO…forever.

Q: How long will the #InfinityAGO campaign last?

We hope to reach our goal within 30 days because we want to bring the Infinity Mirror Room to Toronto this spring. We need thousands of donations to make that happen. Our goal is ambitious but we know Toronto wants more Kusama. We’re confident that the people of Toronto will come together to bring an Infinity Mirror Room to Toronto…forever. When we work together, the possibilities are endless.

ABOUT THE INFINITY MIRROR ROOM

Q. When the #InfinityAGO campaign is complete, which Infinity Mirror Room will come to Toronto … for infinity?

An Infinity Mirror Room that has never been at the AGO before. In fact, it’s never been exhibited in Canada before. 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. 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.” You can help bring Canada’s first Infinity Mirror Room to the AGO…forever. All donation amounts are welcome. If you give $25 or more you can get – or give – early access to see the work. Donate at InfinityAGO.ca #InfinityAGO

Q. What is the artwork like? Is it as amazing as the rooms in the AGO’s recent Yayoi Kusama exhibition?

The artwork is astonishing. It's an incredible example of Kusama’s ingenuity and vision. This will be the first time a Kusama artwork is acquired by a public gallery in Canada. The work has not yet been shown in Canada. In fact, it’s never been exhibited in a public art museum before.

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

Once the artwork is acquired, it will join the AGO’s Collection…for infinity. Donors of $25 and up will be contacted in the spring for an opportunity to view the work* before it opens to the general public. 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 host 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's Collection.*Donors of $25 or more may choose to opt for a full tax receipt rather than an advance ticket (or tickets) to the Infinity Mirror Room and other benefits.

Q. How much does the Infinity Mirror Room cost?

The artwork costs $2 million CAD. Thanks to a gift through the Art Gallery Of Ontario Foundation, the AGO has about half of the purchase price. We need to raise an additional $1.3 million to help bring the artwork to the AGO…forever.

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

The artist prefers that visitors see only the finished artwork. When we complete the #InfinityAGO campaign, we will be able to confirm 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 – Donors get guaranteed early access so donate today to help bring this mesmerizing work to Toronto and see it first!

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