Yayoi Kusama, Narcissus Garden, 1966–2018. Installation view Hayward Gallery, London, 2018 © and courtesy the artist. Photo: Mark Blower
Kusama first staged this installation as a large-scale, unofficial intervention at the 1966 Venice Biennale. During this intervention, the artist sold the mirrored balls – which in this early version of the work were plastic – for the equivalent of two dollars each, next to a sign that read ‘Your Narcissism for Sale’. Since then, Kusama has recreated the installation in a variety of settings, both indoors and outdoors. In each new iteration the spheres create the impression of a shimmering, liquid landscape.