Contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is one of the most popular artists in the world, drawing millions to experience her immersive installations. Exclusively at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, she created several site-specific installations as part of the exhibition Kusama: Cosmic Nature.
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.
Along with pumpkins and polka dots, Kusama is famous for her interactive, optical illusion spaces that use mirrors and lights to create neverending immersive experiences. Visitors can discover monumental floral sculptures all around the grounds and inside the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. They are colorful, playful, and celebrate the joy of life. There is also an Infinity Mirrored Room with colored glass that will filter light as it changes throughout the seasons.
The show was postponed from last year due to the coronavirus pandemic but is open now until October 10. Due to restrictions, indoor parts of the exhibits will need to be reserved ahead of time.