Contemporary Japanese Artist Reimagines Connecticut’s Iconic Glass House Museum

  • The Glass House is an iconic museum and a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Connecticut.
  • The Glass House is an iconic museum and a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Connecticut.
  • The Glass House is an iconic museum and a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Connecticut.

Designed by architect Philip Johnson in 1949, the Glass House is an iconic museum and a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, situated on 49 pastoral acres. The secluded Connecticut attraction houses a variety of seasonal art exhibits from a slew of highly respected artists. To celebrate the 110th anniversary of Philip Johnson’s birth, the facility will host a special art exhibition created by Yayoi Kusama.

A contemporary artist famous for her propensity toward polka dots and installations like the Infinity Mirrored Room at the Broad Museum (Los Angeles) and All the Eternal Love I Have for Pumpkins at Victoria Miro (London), Kusama brings her signature style to the exhibition. For the occasion, the 87-year-old Japanese artist’s Yayoi Kusama: Narcissus Garden (created in 1966) landscape installation will be on view at the Glass House through the end of November.

Thirteen-hundred floating steel balls (each measuring around 12 inches in diameter) will drift in the pond overlooking the Lower Meadow and forest. Each silver sphere reflects the surrounding meadow, water, and sky for a truly sensational visual experience. During the month of September, Kusama’s Dots Obsession—Alive, Seeking for Eternal Hope exhibit will be installed. Kusama will cover the Glass House in polka dots to create an infinity-room motif akin to that of the Infinity Mirrored Room. Her gigantic steel Pumpkin exhibit will also be on display. (theglasshouse.org)

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