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Modeled after two of the artist Yayoi Kusama’s most famous works, one Kusama Snowglobe features Kusama’s distinctive pumpkin surrounded by gold glitter, and the other, a likeness of the artist with reflective spheres that move in waves—a reference to her Narcissus Garden project. The Narcissus Garden was first presented in 1966 at the 33rd Venice Biennale, when Kusama stood among a crowd of mirrored spheres dressed in a gold kimono alongside signs reading “Your Narcissism for Sale,” and recently installed at MoMA PS1 in a version containing 1,500 mirrored stainless steel spheres. Kusama has work in MoMA’s collection. Each Kusama Snowglobe is 3.15”h. Available in Pumpkin or Yayoi.
Why We Chose This
Pumpkins and also mirrors (manifested as reflective spheres in one of these Snowglobes) are among Yayoi Kusama’s most well-known motifs. In the case of pumpkins, she employs the gourd as both an allegory and a form of self-portraiture in a variety of media. The mirrored spheres were central elements of Kusama’s site-specific Narcissus Garden installation, which debuted unofficially at the Venice Biennale in 1966 and was also presented by MoMA PS1 at Fort Tilden, New York for Rockaway! 2018. Yayoi Kusama’s work is represented in MoMA’s collection.
In or Related to MoMA's Collection
The Museum of Modern Art established the world's first curatorial department devoted to architecture and design. MoMA Design Store carries a selection of design objects from that collection. We only offer authorized versions in the colors and materials selected by the original designers. MoMA's design collection is ever-changing, a reflection of the evolving field of design itself.
Yayoi Kusama's prolific oeuvre ranges from large paintings and sculptures, to performance pieces and political demonstrations. Since childhood, Kusama has been creating works using polka dots and nets as motifs in a variety of media. During the 1950s and 1960s she played a major role in New York's avant-garde art scene, participating in many happenings, including an unannounced performance in the Sculpture Garden of The Museum of Modern Art in 1969. Kusama returned to Japan where she lives and works today, creating some of the most recognizable work of our time.