Pumpkin

December 10, 2016 – March 13, 2020

Yayoi Kusama, “Pumpkin,” 1994. © Yayoi Kusama

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Ave. at 7th St., SW
Washington, DC

Outdoor Sculpture Garden* Floor Plan

*Pumpkin moved indoors awaiting the opening of the exhibition One with Eternity in 2021.

Legendary painter, sculptor and performance artist Kusama (b. 1929, Tokyo, Japan) uses the pumpkin as a signature form, embracing the gourd as both an allegory and a form of self-portraiture in paintings, drawings, sculptures, and some of her most important installations. This marks the U.S. museum debut for the whimsical sculpture, whose surreal scale and bold yellow-and-black pattern embody two of Kusama’s most recognized motifs: pumpkins and polka-dots.