A visit to this ex-Victorian furniture factory rarely disappoints. Victoria Miro first opened her gallery in Mayfair's Cork Street in 1985. It quickly became known for showcasing the work of established and emerging artists from the USA, Europe and Asia, and as a breeding ground for exciting new British talent. In 2000 Victoria Miro Gallery relocated to this expansive 8,000 sq ft space located right on the border between Hoxton and Islington. The exhibition space spans two floors and the gallery is almost unique in London for having its own landscaped garden, overlooking Regent's Canal, which has been used for installations by artists such as Yayoi Kusama. Among the glittering clutch of artists it represents are Turner Prize winners Grayson Perry and Chris Ofili. In 2007, the gallery opened Victoria Miro 14, a sleek space next door to the original that's used for exhibitions and special projects. Christian Holstad, Tal R, Idris Khan and Doug Aitken have also had exhibitions here.
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Having heeded the advice of other reviews I took an afternoon off work on what I thought would be a quiet Wednesday to visit the much instagrammed Yayoi Kusama exhibition at Victoria Miro. Compared to the previous review, the gallery was by no means empty however queues were limited to no more than 20 minutes for one of the mirrored rooms.
The exhibition itself was absolutely beautiful and left me with a feeling of wonderment even though, due to the exhibition's extraordinary popularity, my time was limited to 30 seconds a room.
I visited all three mirrored rooms and found each equally entertaining and mesmerising. As I said you only get 30 seconds in the room so it is best to take as many photos as possible however, don't forget to explore the room with your own eyes!
I don't want to write too much about each room as it is hard to capture in words the wonderfulness of them but, I would thoroughly recommend that you visit the exhibit before it closes, just get there early or on a weekend to beat the queues!