'Pumpkin Snowglobe' by Yayoi Kusama, 2019
Snowglobe sculpture collab. with Museum of Modern Art, New York.
3.15 x 2.5 x 2.5 Inches (sculpture)
4.15 x 3.75 x 4.15 Inches (box)
Comes new in original box.
ABOUT THE ART
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.
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.