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Yayoi Kusama showcases ‘Narcissus Garden’ in Arkansas

After a year full of rather disappointing events, there was finally some good news for artist Yayoi Kusama.

Yayoi Kusama’s Narcissus Garden will be on display at The Momentary. It is an art spot belonging to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, located in Arkansas. The artwork, comprising of hundreds of orbs, will stay open to the public for at least a year. However, due to the ongoing pandemic, the viewing capacity would be limited.

Kusama created Narcissus Garden in 1966 and debuted at the Venice Biennale. Even though her exhibition was unofficial, it caught quick attention of viewers as they watched the artist beside the work with a sign “Your Narcissism For Sale”. Orbs were sold to the visitors at 2 dollars each. The artwork originally had 1500 orbs, of which only 900 remain now. Narcissus Garden has been one of the most popular works of the veteran artist. Since its first debut, it has been showcased more than 40 times across the world,  including New York, Georgia, London, Toronto, and Denmark.

Artist Yayoi Kusama

The year began rather sourly for Kusama. After the successful debut of her new work “Infinity Room” last year, Kusama had a string of exhibitions lined up for her latest work. However, the COVID-19 pandemic soon gripped the world, including the art world. Kusama’s exhibitions in Gropius Bau (Berlin), Hirshhorn Museum, New York Botanical Garden, Sculpture Garden  (Washington DC), and Tate Modern (London) were all canceled or postponed one after another. As such, her exhibition at The Momentary would certainly feel good to the veteran artist.