The Yayoi Kusama Museum of Art is Set to Open in Tokyo

Yayoi Kusamas Infinity Mirrors - All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins installation, 2016
Yayoi Kusama's "Infinity Mirrors - All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins" installation, 2016 | © Ron Cogswell/Flickr
Alicia Joy

Tokyo Writer

After years of exhibitions and sculptural commissions for art institutions around the globe, the venerable Yayoi Kusama has decided to open a permanent home for her art in Japan’s capital, Tokyo. The celebrated Japanese artist, poet, and novelist is set to open the Yayoi Kusama Museum in Shinjuku this October.

The Museum

The Yayoi Kusama Museum will be located in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward. The pure white, eye-catching structure was completed in 2014, designed by Japanese architectural firm Kume Sekkei. The museum’s five stories will be dedicated to Yayoi Kusama‘s extensive works, including her beloved installations, and will feature rotating art exhibitions twice per year. The museum will also house a reading room, gift shop, and outdoor space. The museum’s first exhibition will run from October 1, 2017, to February 25, 2018, entitled Creation Is a Solitary Pursuit, Love Is What Brings You Closer to Art.

Courtesy of Yayoi Kusama Museum, by Masahiro Tsuchido

The Artist

Yayoi Kusama studied nihonga, or traditional Japanese painting, at the Kyoto Municipal School of Arts and Crafts beginning in 1948. It was not a happy time for the artist, who disliked the strict customs and rules of traditionalist art. She began to dabble in surrealism and cubism (gleaned from foreign media), and would soon become a major influencer in the 1960s New York Pop Art scene. But Kusama has always come back to the abstract, conceptualist art she for which is so well known. That is, brilliant colors, eye-catching patterns, and lots and lots of spots. Now 88 and in a wheelchair, the artist chooses to continue living at the Seiwa Hospital for the Mentally Ill in Shinjuku, as she has since the late 1970s. She still paints at her private studio nearby.

“Infinity Nets Yellow” by Yayoi Kusama

The Yayoi Kusama Museum will open its doors on October 1, 2017. The opening hours will be 11am to 5pm, Thursday through Sunday.

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