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Adele performs inside a Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrored Room

After finding out about the Japanese artist through Katy Perry’s Instagram, Adele performed her song ‘When We Were Young’ in Kusama’s ‘Infinity Mirrored Room’ in LA

As one of most famous singers of our generation, for the most part Adele is pretty low-key. Not for her the visual spectacle of a Vanessa Beecroft-choreographed Kanye West extravaganza, for instance. However, the singer has made her first foray in the world of visual arts. 

The Art Newspaper reports that Adele recently performed her song ‘When We Were Young’ in Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s ‘Infinity Mirrored Room—The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away’ at the Broad in Los Angeles. Although most people are only permitted to spend a few minutes in the installation, Adele had the place to herself for an hour, which is suppose is one of the major perks of being a global superstar. Footage of Adele singing in the installation was used as a background for Adele’s performance at this year’s Brits – which after her disappointing show at the Grammys, where a mike falling on the piano keys marred the sound quality, was widely heralded as her come-back. 

“I definitely felt like standing in that room for an hour, I saw things in myself and of myself that I haven’t noticed before,” said Adele of the effect the installation had on her. Interestingly, she said she found Kusama, the 86-year old Japanese artist who’s been at the vanguard of avant-garde art since the 1960s, in the most 21st-century way possible – through an Instagram post from Katy Perry. Kusama has been touring her series of Mirror/Infinity rooms since 1963. When you stand inside a Mirror/Infinity room, light is diffused off the mirrored surfaces around you to create the illusion of endless space. Watch Adele speaking about her time in the installation in the video below.