The world I see is endless space.
Yayoi Kusama

Described as ‘the world’s most popular artist’, Yayoi Kusama is best known for her immersive polka-dot and mirror installations. Over the course of her 70-year career, she has engaged with an expansive idea of space and the human body. She uses several recurring motifs – dots, eyes, nets and pumpkins – to investigate repetition and to create sensory experiences that hint at the infinite.

With this installation, Kusama invites viewers to immerse themselves in her world, to participate in an experience of both enveloping and infinite space, and a round trip from the microscopic into the cosmic. Here, the dots of the wider room and the pumpkins wutgub tge 'peep-space', seem to reproduce at an alarming rate, overgrowing their environment and threatening to obliterate the viewer's body.

Born in 1929 in Matsumoto City in Nagano Prefecture, Japan, Kusama is one of the most significant contemporary artists whose perceptual engagement with the world was informed by the visual and auditory hallucinations she experienced as a ten-year-old girl.

Her instinctive response was to create art that conveyed the limitless visions that were her world. Kusama has presented hundreds of solo exhibitions in museums across the world with large-scale retrospectives of her work seen at the Tate, Centre Pompidou, LACMA, MOMA, Whitney Museum of American Art and throughout Latin America and Japan.

Yayoi Kusama: THE SPIRITS OF THE PUMPKINS DESCENDED INTO THE HEAVENS is a National Gallery of Australia Touring Exhibition made possible with the support of Andrew and Hiroko Gwinnett.

Before you enter:

  • Be mindful of leaning too far over into the viewing space.
  • The pumpkins are dazzling but don't lose your hat, glasses, phone or accessories!
  • Please take care on the steps inside.
  • Make sure to cloak your backpacks and oversized bags.
  • Please do not touch the mirrored glass.

There is a maximum of 10 visitors at a time in the space, with ottomans available while you wait.

Presented in partnership with National Gallery of Australia
With thanks to the generous support of Andrew and Hiroko Gwinnett

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the installation wheelchair accessible?

The installation is wheelchair accessible however in the centre of the room is a mirrored box with two stairs. Our team have designed a periscope so people with mobility requirements can view this window. Please talk to one of our friendly team members when you arrive, and they will be able to assist with the periscope. Please note, the door to gain entry into the installation is 100.5cm wide.

Is the installation pram friendly?

Please park your pram prior to entering.

What is the best entry point if using a pram or wheelchair?

The best way to access this installation is via the Western Laneway and through the Fish Gates. Take the lift by the information desk to Level 3. Once you have reached Level 3, head to Gallery 6, where there is a ramp leading up to Gallery 17 and Gallery 16. You will then find the installation.

Is the installation suitable for those with sensory sensitivities?

The installation is visually stimulating and may not be suitable for visitors with sensory sensitivities.