Yayoi Kusama unleashes polka dots at the New York Botanical Garden

‘Cosmic Nature’

Spotted pumpkins and psychedelic flowers are among the trademark pieces in Yayoi Kusama’s Cosmic Nature exhibition, which also features four new works by the Japanese artist.

The ticketed show is hosted in the sprawling New York Botanical Garden – which occupies 250 acres in The Bronx – and brings together large scale installations by Kusama as well as smaller paintings, sculptures and drawings dating back to 1945.

Kusama, who says her earliest memories are of the seed-harvesting field in her family’s plant nursery in Japan, has dotted her artworks throughout the gardens. The conservatory is home to My Soul Blooms Forever – a collection of oversized flowers – while the thousand steel spheres of her Narcissus Garden float on the 230-foot water feature outside.

Visitors will be greeted by an entirely new piece entitled ‘Dancing Pumpkin’, which holds its black and yellow body aloft on tentacle-like legs. More interactive work comes in the form of an obliteration greenhouse – Kusama’s first ever – and a new infinity room that uses natural light and coloured glass.

Cosmic Nature is on display until 31 October 2021 and has been laid out to enable social distancing to continue.

Photography: New York Botanical Garden
Photography: New York Botanical Garden
Photography: New York Botanical Garden

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