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Yayoi Kusama’s latest exhibition arriving at the NY Botanical Gardens

“KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature” begins April 10.

words by: Sahar Khraibani
Mar 10, 2021

Yayoi Kusama’s career continues to flourish well into her 90’s. After releasing a biography in the form of a graphic novel—which is very fitting for her life, art, and career, the artist is now collaborating with The New York Botanical Garden on a highly-anticipated exhibition.


Titled “KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature,” this exhibition is an outdoor and indoor showcase. Initially postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be opening on April 10. Fortunately, around that time, it will be spring in New York City, and many of the flowers and plants of the botanical garden will have bloomed. The exhibition will garner a total of four new experiences around the gardens, with a display of works and installations across the landscape in the conservatory and other spaces of the garden in the Bronx. It is promised to be one of her most exciting works yet.


This exhibition, along with the related programs scheduled to run, will shed light on Kusama’s legacy and lifelong exuberating fascination with the natural world. Ever since she was a child, the artist is known to have spent most of her time in greenhouses and family fields in her hometown of Matsumoto, Japan. It seems fitting that this show would take place in The New York Botanical Gardens—one of the most beautifully preserved gardens in the state.


Many famous works will be on display, among which is a towering sculpture titled Dancing Pumpkin 2020, as well as Flower Obsession (2017/2021)—which is consequently the artist’s first-ever obliteration greenhouse, as well as a biomorphic form titled  Want to Fly to the Universe 2020, that will be installed in the conservatory of the Garden. But everyone is mostly excited about the outdoor iteration of Infinity Mirrored Room—Illusion Inside the Heart (2020), which is designed to reflect the natural surroundings of the museum.


In a statement, the NYBG shared: “Contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is one of the most popular artists in the world, drawing millions to experience her immersive installations. Exclusively at NYBG, Kusama reveals her lifelong fascination with the natural world, beginning with her childhood spent in the greenhouses and fields of her family’s seed nursery. Her artistic concepts of obliteration, infinity, and eternity are inspired by her intimate engagement with the colors, patterns, and life cycles of plants and flowers.”


“KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature” will be on view starting April 10 and will continue to be on view till October 31, 2021. You can head over to the New York Botanical Garden’s website to purchase your timed tickets.


Photo via NYBG