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Flowers that Bloom in the Cosmos



Yayoi Kusama


22 Mar 1929 –

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Alternate image of Flowers that Bloom in the Cosmos by Yayoi Kusama
Alternate image of Flowers that Bloom in the Cosmos by Yayoi Kusama
  • Details

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    Materials used
    stainless steel, polyurethane paint

    a - small flower, 223 x 217 x 189 cm

    b - medium flower, 325 x 235 x 240 cm

    c - large flower, 448 x 220 x 221 cm

    Signature & date

    Signed and dated on a, b and c, polyurethane paint "YAYOI KUSAMA/ 2022".

    Commissioned with funds provided by the Art Gallery of New South Wales Foundation and the Gandel Foundation 2022
    Stepped terrace
    Accession number
    © Yayoi Kusama

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  • About

    Yayoi Kusama’s expressive sculptures, paintings and performances are instantly recognisable for their striking colours and application of polka dots. Flowers have been a lifelong passion for Kusama. Her family owned a seed nursery, and she grew up surrounded by plants in greenhouses, closely observing the cycles of new life and ultimate death. Her ubiquitous polka dots are connected to vivid early memories, such as an expanse of river pebbles glinting in the sun. She also recalls hallucinations experienced in childhood, in which she saw flashes of light and flowers spreading across surfaces and onto the walls around her.

    'Flowers that Bloom in the Cosmos' was created especially for the enjoyment of visitors to the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

    About this sculpture, Kusama wrote:

    The days I shed tears admiring the cosmos

    In the cosmos I discovered flowers blooming
    The happiness and joy
    Of finding bouquets in the heavens

    I want to share this passion with you
    Let us rejoice together
    Shouting out thanks to my flowers forever
    From Earth with all my heart