A photograph of Yayoi Kusama with a Pumpkin sculpture, dated 2010.
A photograph of Yayoi Kusama with a Pumpkin sculpture, dated 2010.
A photograph of Yayoi Kusama with a Pumpkin sculpture, dated 2010.
KUSAMA: COSMIC NATURE
New York Botanical Garden
May 9‒November 1, 2020

The New York Botanical Garden has just announced a major exhibition of work by Yayoi Kusama that will open in Spring next year. Titled KUSAMA: COSMIC NATURE, this presentation will explore the artist’s lifelong engagement with nature, and will include multiple installations, from signature mirrored environments and organic forms, to polka-dotted sculptures of flowers and pumpkins, paintings, and a participatory greenhouse installation that will be transformed over the course of the exhibition. Also on display will be sketchbooks demonstrating an early fascination with the natural world that continues to inspire Kusama’s work.

“We are thrilled to present this unprecedented installation of Yayoi Kusama’s work, including new sculptures made especially for our site,” says President of The New York Botanical Garden, Carrie Rebora Barratt; “In a lifetime of finding inspiration in nature and pushing against boundaries and biases, she developed a unique lexicon for artistic expression. While these works appear as mostly abstract forms to viewers, they are manifestations of how she sees the universe, specifically the natural world.” 

In November this year, David Zwirner will present new work by Kusama at the gallery’s 537 West 20th Street location in New York. Be the first to receive updates, exclusive previews, and more, by subscribing to our newsletter.

Image: Kusama with Pumpkin, 2010