Contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is one of the most popular artists in the world, drawing millions to experience her immersive installations. Exclusively at NYBG, 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.
This exclusive tour included the garden, conservatory, gallery, and brand-new Infinity Mirrored Room experience opening in August 2021. Across the grounds, are installations that include the artist’s legendary Narcissus Garden (1966/2021) and Ascension of Polka Dots on the Trees (2002/2021), where soaring trees are adorned in vibrant red with white polka dots. The exhibition also features paintings, biomorphic collages, sculpture, and works on paper inspired by Kusama’s deep knowledge of nature, and Walking Piece (1966/2021), a multiscreen digital projection of a performance work from the artist’s collection.
The AFA is grateful to Trustee, Betsy Pinover Schiff, for her help in arranging this tour.