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Yayoi Kusama is bringing infinity mirror rooms and massive pumpkins to the New York Botanical Garden

Will Gleason
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Will Gleason

If you thought Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s dazzling Infinity Mirror Rooms caused a stir when they opened in New York, just wait until the artist takes over an entire garden.

Next summer, the New York Botanical Garden—a cultural institution, research center and wedding venue you’ll never be able to afford—is mounting a mega exhibition of Kusama’s works from May 2, 2020 until November 1, 2020.

Sprawled out across the NYBG’s gorgeous 250-acre landscape and historic buildings, the show will specifically explore the artist’s lifelong connection with nature. That means that on top of her signature mirrored environments, you can expect to find polka-dot sculptures of colossal flora, paintings inspired by plant life and some of the artist's botanical sketches. (You know, nature stuff.)

Kusama will also be creating brand-new works for next year’s show including her first-ever participatory greenhouse installation that will be transformed over the course of the exhibition. (I don’t know about you, but my Instabait spidey sense is definitely tingling on that one!) and a site-specific giant pumpkin sculpture. #LinusWasRight.

Stay tuned for more details on the sure-to-be-blockbuster show as the opening date approaches and, in the meantime, head up to the NYBG to check out their striking Brazilian Modern exhibition this summer. It's the perfect way to spend a leisurely summer afternoon.

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