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Kusama exhibition at New York Botanical Garden

April 16 2021

The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) celebrates Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama with a new show called “Kusama: Cosmic Nature” Postponed in 2020 due to COVID-19, the exhibition opened Saturday, April 10, and will run until October 31, 2021.

“Kusama: Cosmic Nature” features multiple outdoor installations, the Kusama's signature polka-dotted organic forms, and mesmerizing paintings of plants and flowers shown across the Garden’s landscape, including a series of pieces presented for the first time in the United States. These vivid observations of nature trace Kusama’s connection to the natural world throughout her career.

Among the works, there are Flower Obsession (2017/2021), Kusama’s first-ever obliteration greenhouse; Dancing Pumpkin (2020), a monumental sculpture; I Want to Fly to the Universe (2020), a 13-foot-high biomorphic form; and, Infinity Mirrored Room-Illusion Inside the Heart (2020), an outdoor installation with colored glass reflecting its environs.

Seasonal displays were created to complement Kusama’s artworks, as new plantings, textures, and palettes, changing over the seasons. Tulips and irises in spring give way to dahlias and sunflowers in summer, and masses of pumpkins and chrysanthemums in fall. Kusama’s plant-inspired polka-dotted sculptures are nestled among meadow grasses, bellflowers, and water lilies.

“Kusama: Cosmic Nature "
From April 10 to October 31, 2021
The New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, New York 10458

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Photo Cover: Kusama's "Dancing Pumpkin, 2020." Robert Benson Photography
Photo Above: Kusama's "I Want to Fly to the Universe, 2020". Robert Benson Photography