Yayoi Kusama seated in front of a giant black and orange polka-dotted pumpkin sculpture in a room of the same design.

KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature

Saturday, May 9, 2020 – Sunday, November 1, 2020

A multisensory presentation of the artist’s connection with nature

Opening May 9, experience this multisensory presentation of the work of internationally celebrated Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. With NYBG as the exclusive venue, this exhibition is designed to capture and illuminate the artist’s profound engagement with nature throughout the changing seasons from spring into fall.

Across NYBG’s 250-acre landmark landscape and buildings, Kusama’s lifelong fascination with the natural world will be revealed in depth with multiple installations, including her signature mirrored environments and organic forms, polka-dotted sculptures of colossal flora, mesmerizing nature-based paintings, biomorphic collages, works on paper, botanical sketches, as well as a spectacular horticultural showcase in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. The exhibition will also debut new works created by the legendary artist, including a monumental site-specific pumpkin sculpture and her first-ever participatory greenhouse installation that will be transformed over the course of the exhibition.

Patron & Member Pre-Sale January 15; Public Tickets On Sale January 29

NYBG Patrons and Members will receive exclusive pre-sale ticket offers and also enjoy select access to the exhibition on special dates throughout the run of the show. Join now and be among the first to experience the exhibition! For updates and ticket details, sign up for e-mail alerts.


The 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