Yayoi Kusama takes over NY Botanical Gardens

“Cosmic Nature” is an exhibition tracing Kusama’s legendary career evolution through her passion for flowers, plants and the organi, recurring themes she’s been exploring since her childhood and as a professional artist.

On view until 31st October 2021, the outdoor display is curated by Mika Yoshitake and features sculptures and installations dotted around the beautiful gardens. Cherry on the cake is a small Infinity Room. “It’s a refreshing experience since we don’t normally see art that way. You go from one gallery to the next,” curator Mika Yoshitake said at the exhibition’s press preview. “Kusama’s work really enhances the botanical landscape.”

In and around the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Kusama’s work sits among the seasonal profusion of violas and chrysanthemums, while her plant-inspired, polka-dotted sculptures are placed among meadow grasses, bellflowers, and water lilies, including Hymn of Life—Tulips (2007) in the Conservatory Courtyard Hardy Pool.

Her mesmerizing Pumpkins Screaming About Love Beyond Infinity (2017) is on view in the Visitor Center gallery. A must-see if you’re in the Big Apple.