Kusama first staged this installation as a large-scale, unofficial intervention at the 1966 Venice Biennale. During this intervention, the artist sold the mirrored balls – which in this early version of the work were plastic – for the equivalent of two dollars each, next to a sign that read ‘Your Narcissism for Sale’. Since then, Kusama has recreated the installation in a variety of settings, both indoors and outdoors. In each new iteration the spheres create the impression of a shimmering, liquid landscape.
Narcissus Garden (1966–2018) exhibited in Space Shifters at Hayward Gallery, 26 September 2018 - 6 January 2019
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