Kusama sitting next to pumpkin with the quote

KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature

Spring–Fall 2021
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This exhibition of work by Yayoi Kusama has been rescheduled for spring–fall 2021

Contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929) is one of the most popular artists in the world, inspiring millions to experience her immersive installations.

In coordination with New York State’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 and in order to mount the best possible exhibition, KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature, our multisensory presentation of Yayoi Kusama’s profound connection with the natural world, originally planned for 2020, has been rescheduled for spring–fall 2021.

With NYBG as the exclusive exhibition venue, Kusama will reveal 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 and patterns of plants and flowers.

Explore Kusama’s eternal love for plants through multiple installations featuring her multifaceted art across NYBG’s 250-acre landmark landscape and buildings—including a seasonally changing flower show in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory and her nature-based paintings and biomorphic collages in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library.

Kusama with chrysanthemums

A Special Message from Yayoi Kusama

The passion that I and those at The New York Botanical Garden have poured into this exhibition is still burning.

Everyone, I hope you will wait.

We aspire for endless love permeated with everyone’s hearts of human love, a wish for peace in the world, our dreams, and wonders of hope—it is our wish that this exhibition can offer these as its greatest gift.

I hope you all can wait.

With all my heart,

Yayoi Kusama

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The sponsor credits for KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature

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