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A large tentacled red and blue statue with a yellow, sun-like face and white polka dots on its tentacles. A mix of trees can be seen in the background.

KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature

Saturday, April 10 – Sunday, October 31, 2021

Final Weeks!

Experience Yayoi Kusama’s profound connection with nature

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.

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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.

See new monumental and immersive works

New monumental sculptures Dancing Pumpkin (2020) and I Want to Fly to the Universe (2020) make their debut in the NYBG landscape. They join the artist’s first-ever obliteration greenhouse, Flower Obsession (2017/2021).

A bridge of yellow chrysanthemums

KUSAMA Culminates with Meticulously Trained Kiku

October 2–31

KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature is designed to change with the seasons, with a special spotlight on the beloved chrysanthemum, kiku, in Japanese. Don’t miss kiku displays in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, featuring Japanese chrysanthemums that have been expertly trained over the past 11 months into modern and ancient styles.

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

Enjoy KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature as a Member

Benefits include exclusive free KUSAMA Garden & Gallery Pass and KUSAMA Garden Pass tickets, and more. Join Now.

At the Patron Level, enjoy the best of the exhibition with complimentary Infinity Mirrored Room tickets and special viewing opportunities.

Kusama Credits

Above:

I Want to Fly to the Universe, 2020. The New York Botanical Garden, 2021. Urethane paint on aluminum. © YAYOI KUSAMA. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Victoria Miro, and David Zwirner.

Starry Pumpkin, 2015. The New York Botanical Garden, 2021. Fiberglass-reinforced plastic, tiles, and resin. © YAYOI KUSAMA. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts

Dancing Pumpkin, 2020. The New York Botanical Garden, 2021. Urethane paint on bronze. © YAYOI KUSAMA. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Victoria Miro, and David Zwirner.

Infinity Mirrored Room—Illusion Inside the Heart, 2020. The New York Botanical Garden, 2021. Mirror-polished stainless steel, glass mirrors, and colored glass. © YAYOI KUSAMA. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Victoria Miro, and David Zwirner

My Soul Blooms Forever, 2019. The New York Botanical Garden, 2021. Urethane paint on stainless steel. © YAYOI KUSAMA. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Victoria Miro, and David Zwirner. Photo by Robert Benson Photography