Narcissus Garden (1966–2018) by Yayoi Kusama

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Sunday, October 21, 2018 - 10:45

Yayoi Kusama’s Narcissus Garden (1966–2018) – an installation consisting of hundreds of stainless steel reflective orbs – addresses what the prolific artist has identified as her principle themes: ‘infinity, self-obliteration, and compulsive repetition in objects and forms’.

Yayoi Kusama, Narcissus Garden, 1966–2018. Installation view Hayward Gallery, London, 2018 © and courtesy the artist. Photo: Mark Blower 

 

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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