Yayoi Kusama’s Narcissus Garden is featured in Space Shifters at the Hayward Gallery

This major exhibition (26 September 2018-6 January 2019) brings together sculptures and installations that explore perception and space.

 

Featuring 20 artists and spanning a period of roughly 50 years, the exhibition includes innovative, minimalist sculpture from the 1960s as well as recent works that extend the legacy of this 'optical' minimalism in different ways.

 

Yayoi Kusama's seminal installation Narcissus Garden originated in 1966, when the artist first participated, albeit unofficially, in the Venice Biennale. This expansive and immersive work comprises mirrored spheres displayed en masse to create a dynamic reflective field.

 

Regarded as pivotal in Kusama's career, Narcissus Garden anticipates many of the radical performances that would become a focus of her time in New York during the late 1960s, while encapsulating key aspects of Kusama's wider practice - allusions to microscopic and macroscopic worlds, a preoccupation with the infinite and sublime - that remain compelling in her art to this day.

 

It is one of the first works by the artist to explore the optical and psychological potential of the mirrored surface as a means of transcending the limits of the physical world and creating a participatory experience in which the viewer is cast

as the subject of the work. 

 

Visit the Hayward Gallery website.

 

Image: Yayoi Kusama, Narcissus Garden, 1966–

Installation view, at Space Shifters,  Hayward Gallery 2018

© the artist, courtesy Hayward Gallery

Posted September 26 2018

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