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KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature
Image Gallery

The New York Botanical Garden’s expansive 2021 exhibition, KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature, features work by internationally celebrated Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. NYBG is the exclusive venue for the exhibition, which is installed across the Garden’s landscape, in and around the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, and in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library Building.

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A massive pumpkin sculpture stylized as though it were dancing. Its body is orange with black polka dots, while its slightly twisted stem is black with orange polka dots. Its underside is solid black.

Dancing Pumpkin, 2020, The New York Botanical Garden, Urethane paint on bronze, 196 7/8 x 116 7/8 x 117 ¼ in. (500 x 296.9 x 297.8 cm), Collection of the artist. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts and David Zwirner. Photo by Robert Benson Photography.

A large tentacled red and blue statue with a yellow sun-like face and white polka dots on its tentacles seems to hover above a reflecting pool, its image mirrored in the water. A mix of trees can be seen in the background.

I Want to Fly to the Universe, 2020, The New York Botanical Garden, Urethane paint on aluminum, 157 3/8 x 169 3/8 x 140 1/8 in. (400 x 430 x 356 cm), Collection of the artist. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts and David Zwirner. Photo by Robert Benson Photography.

Hundreds of reflective metallic silver orbs float in a tiered reflecting pool. A mix of bare trees and evergreens can be seen in the background.

Narcissus Garden, 1966/2021, The New York Botanical Garden. 1,400 stainless steel spheres. Collection of the artist. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore/ Shanghai; David Zwirner, New York; Victoria Miro, London/Venice. Photo by Robert Benson Photography.

Trees wrapped in red fabric with white polka dots. More unwrapped trees and bushes can be seen in the background.

Ascension of Polka Dots on the Trees, 2002/2021, The New York Botanical Garden, Printed polyester fabric, bungees, and aluminum staples installed on existing trees, Site-specific installation, dimensions variable, Collection of the artist.. Photo by Robert Benson Photography.

Five colorful floral sculptures of varying colors and styles rise up from a reflecting pool surrounded by various palm trees in a domed glasshouse.

My Soul Blooms Forever, 2019, The New York Botanical Garden, Urethane paint on stainless steel, Installation dimensions variable, Collection of the artist. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Victoria Miro, and David Zwirner. Photo by Robert Benson Photography.

A group of tentacle-like sculptures covered in reflective golden or silver mosaic tiles, sporadically adorned with colorful polka dots.

Life, 2015, The New York Botanical Garden, Fiberglass-reinforced plastic, tiles, and resin, Installation dimensions variable, Collection of the artist. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts and David Zwirner. Photo by Robert Benson Photography.

A variety of paintings on canvas by Yayoi Kusama. Each features bold colors and geometric shapes.

KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature, The New York Botanical Garden, 2021. Photo by Robert Benson Photography.

Yayoi Kusama, sporting bright red hair and a black shirt covered in light orange polka dots, sits in front of a white wall covered in red and white flowers.

Kusama in Flower Obsession, Photo by Yusuke Miyazaki © YAYOI KUSAMA 2021.

Alone, Buried in a Flower Garden, 2014, Acrylic on canvas, Collection of the artist.

Hymn of Life -- Tulips

Hymn of Life – Tulips, 2007, Mixed media, Courtesy of the City of Beverly Hills

I Want to go to the Universe, 2013 Acrylic on canvas, Collection of the artist.

Kusama with Pumpkin

Kusama with Pumpkin, 2010 © YAYOI KUSAMA. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo / Singapore / Shanghai; Victoria Miro, London/Venice; David Zwirner, New York

Pumpkins Screaming About Love Beyond Infinity, 2017, Mirrors, acrylic, glass, LEDs, wood panels, Collection of the artist.

Summer Flowers, 1988, Acrylic on canvas, Collection of the artist.

Flower Obsession (Sunflower), Video Still, Collection of the artist.

The Kusama Family, ca. 1929, Courtesy of the artist.