In Narcissus Garden by Yayoi Kusama, one of the most significant artists of the 20th century, mirrored balls reflect each other and their onlookers, creating an infinitely recurring web in which the surrounding visible world is trapped and perpetuated.  Evoking the mythological figure of Narcissus, this work allows viewers to see themselves and the world around them.

Narcissus Garden will launch first at the Museum of Sydney until 18 April and then be on display at Vaucluse House from Saturday 24 April to Sunday 23 May and - for SLM members only - be on display at Elizabeth Bay House from late May. 

Narcissus Garden has seen many incarnations over more than 40 years.  It first appeared in 1966 at the Venice Biennale, where the artists, though uninvited, installed 1500 plastic reflective balls on the grass outside the Italian pavilion.  Her attempts to sell the balls, a deliberate critique of the commercialisation of the art world, led to her expulsion from the show.

Touring dates

  • Museum of Sydney: Saturday 20 February to Sunday 18 April. Buy tickets now
  • Vaucluse House: Saturday 24 April to Sunday 23 May. Buy tickets now (Exhibition is included in museum entry price)
  • Elizabeth Bay House: From late May-late June (for SLM members only). Become a member to receive exclusive access to Elizabeth Bay House plus visit the exhibition for free at the Museum of Sydney and Vaucluse House plus great year-long benefits.

This is a rare opportunity to see this extraordinary and timeless work in historic spaces, where the balls will capture the trappings of colonial wealth and taste, and inspire each of us to consider how we are, or are not, mirrored in these spaces and their history.

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Introducing our 2021 theme: Reflections on identity

Narcissus Garden by Yayoi Kusama launches our bold, expansive and thought-provoking 2021 theme Reflections on identity. This theme underpins an integrated program with NSW State Archives, of exciting installations, exhibitions and events across our 12 historic houses and museums, and explores the immense collections held by Sydney Living Museums and NSW State Archives.


 

Exhibition partners

Sponsor

Exhibition Partners - Quay Quarter Sydney, Grosvenor Place
20 February 2021 - 18 April 2021

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The exhibition is included with general museum admission. Members and children under 5 years enjoy free museum entry.

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