HAM will give the public an opportunity to view a work by one of the most famous artists in the world today – while waiting for the train. Consisting of hundreds of mirror-polished steel spheres, Narcissus Garden by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama will be put on display in the HAM Metro exhibition space at Kamppi metro station. The work is part of the artist’s exhibition In Infinity that opens in HAM on 7 October, and it will remain on show at the station throughout the exhibition period.
“Your narcissism for sale.”
Narcissus Garden is named after the youth in Greek mythology who fell in love with his own reflection in the water. Kusama presented the first version of the piece back in 1966 at the Venice Biennale, where she installed over a thousand mirror-surfaced balls in the Giardini outside exhibition space. Dressed in a golden kimono, Kusama sold the spheres for passers-by at two dollars apiece. Her slogan was: “Your narcissism for sale”. Kusama had not actually been invited to participate in the biennale, and the organisers put a stop to the sale of the spheres. The installation nevertheless remained on display.
Narcissus Garden has subsequently been presented in different version all over the world. It was on show in Helsinki for the first time in summer 2016 at the palm room in the Winter Garden. A new version of the piece will now be on view in HAM Metro at Kamppi metro station until 22 January 2017.