Yayoi Kusama Museum

Yayoi Kusama Museum with infinity rooms, dot-covered interiors and giant installations

Japanese Avant-Grade artist Yayoi Kusama, who draws art-loving crowds with her colours, dots and lines opened her own museum, Yayoi Kusama Museum, in Tokyo.

Yayoi Kusama, Fotoğraf: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty Images
Yayoi Kusama, Photo: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty Images

Yayoi Kusama, one of the world-renowned Japanese artists, commissioned a mysterious building in Shinjuku region of Tokyo years ago. Built in 2014 by Kime Sekkei, this tall white building was easily distinguishable from surrounding brown buildings, however its aim was not. The building project of the structure sparked a lot of interest amongst locals and art circles.  The structure led to many speculations and a wave of wonder. Then suddenly, a new website for the Museum was created, and announced the opening of the building to the public as Yayoi Kusama Museum in October 2017.

Starry Pumpkin” (2015) by Yayoi Kusama. Fotoğraf: Motohiko Hasui - New York Times
Starry Pumpkin” (2015) by Yayoi Kusama. Fotoğraf: Motohiko Hasui – New York Times

5-storey building with wide windows opened its doors on the 1st of October. It presents and offers the visitors a magical world made of neon colors, dots and lines. The museum’s first floor holds the gift shop and entrance, the second and third floors display a range of Kusama’s artworks, while the fourth floor houses environmental installations that are instagram-lovers’ favorite . The fifth floor has a reading room and archive of Kusama-related documents, as well as a terrace.

I WHO HAVE ARRIVED IN THE UNIVERSE 2013 194×194cm ©YAYOI KUSAMA
I WHO HAVE ARRIVED IN THE UNIVERSE, 2013, 194×194cm ©YAYOI KUSAMA

The Museum is directed by Tensei Tatebata, the president of Tama Art University and director of the Saitama Museum of Modern Art. In addition to Kusama’s artworks, the Museum will also host temporary exhibitions which will change twice a year. Yayoi Kusama Museum, a place of mystery and interest since its very beginning is waiting to be discovered and unrevealed.

Yayoi Kusama Museum Inaugural Exhibition

‘Creation is a Solitary Pursuit, Love is What Brings You Closer to Art’

Yayoi Kusama “Love Forever’’ Serisi. ©Motohiko Hasui - The New York Times
Yayoi Kusama “Love Forever’’ Series. ©Motohiko Hasui – The New York Times

The inaugural exhibition at the Yayoi Kusama Museum centres on her newest painting series “My Eternal Soul”. Other new works by Yayoi Kusama will also be on display. In addition to the sixteen works from “My Eternal Soul”, the series entitled “Love Forever” will be presented, a collection of black and white drawings that formed the precursor to Kusama’s latest series. Furthermore, an installation piece Kusama has created especially for the museum’s opening will be showcased, along with a new pumpkin.

Pumpkins Screaming About Love Beyond Infinity
Pumpkins Screaming About Love Beyond Infinity

 

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