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Yayoi Kusama's Next Enchanting Exhibition Will Take Over a 250-Acre New York Garden

It's the first-ever large-scale exploration of the acclaimed Japanese artist's love of the natural world — and you won't be able to see it anywhere else.
By Sarah Ward
July 20, 2019
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Yayoi Kusama's Next Enchanting Exhibition Will Take Over a 250-Acre New York Garden

It's the first-ever large-scale exploration of the acclaimed Japanese artist's love of the natural world — and you won't be able to see it anywhere else.
By Sarah Ward
July 20, 2019
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Whether she's blowing up brightly coloured pumpkins to larger-than-life size, creating mirrored infinity rooms or asking art lovers to put dots on everything, Yayoi Kusama's work has always had an immersive quality. That feels especially true when you attend one of the Japanese artist's shows around the globe, or visit her dedicated Tokyo museum; however her next huge project will take the notion to another level.

In a site-specific exhibition exclusive to the New York Botanical Garden, Kusama's art will feature across The Bronx site's entire 250-acre location — both inside and out. Attendees won't just walk through multiple halls filled with her work, or mosey around an entire gallery. Rather, in a multi-sensory experience, they'll wander around the whole grounds, spying her pieces not only placed on walls and floors everywhere, but mixed among the natural wonders outside.

When the showcase kicks off in 2020, running from May 2 to November 1, visitors can expect a host of Kusama's beloved works, plus brand-new items created specifically for the venue. That includes her famous mirrored environments, her polka-dotted sculptures and her giant floral pieces, as well as her nature-based paintings, botanical sketches, collages and soft sculptures. A horticultural showcase is also on the agenda — it is happening at a botanical garden after all — which'll be based on one of her massive paintings. Much to the joy of long-term Kusama fans, a new site-specific pumpkin will pop up, too.

New York Botanical Garden, Robert Benson

As well as marking the first-ever large-scale exploration of the acclaimed artist's overflowing fondness for the natural world, the New York Botanical Garden exhibition will feature Kusama's first-ever participatory greenhouse installation. In the kind of news that aims to tempt folks along more than once or twice, it'll transform over the course of the exhibition based on audience interaction.

The show's length is designed with the same goal in mind, with the seasons changing from spring to summer to autumn during its duration, each adding a new tone to Kusama's work.

If you've been pondering making New York travel plans for next year, you now have some new motivation.

Yayoi Kusama's exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden will run from May 2, 2020 to November 1, 2020. Keep an eye on the site's website for ticketing and further details once they're announced. 

Published on July 20, 2019 by Sarah Ward

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