Next Stop For Yayoi Kusama? A Museum In Tokyo

Art & Design

August 19, 2017 | BY AFP

See her polka-dot installations and immersive artworks in Tokyo.

The Japanese artist famed for her polka-dot installations and other immersive artworks is preparing to open a museum in Tokyo on October 1.

The museum is being established to disseminate and promote Yayoi Kusama's art as well as other materials relating to the artist and her work.

"We aim to be the museum where everyone can get familar with contemporary art," while transmitting a message of "world peace and human love, which Kusama has been embodying through her artworks," reads a statement from the Yayoi Kusama Museum.


Exterior view of the Yayoi Kusama Museum (Photo: Masahiro Tsuchido YAYOI KUSAMA)

Housed in a five-story buiding in Shinjuku, the museum will host lectures in addition to two exhibitions of Kusama's work every year.

The inaugural exhibition, "Creation is a Solitary Prusuit, Love is What Brings You Closer to Art", will be based on recent paintings from the artist's "Eternal Soul" series and will run from October 1, 2017, through February 25, 2018.

Born in Japan in 1929, the avant-garde artist is known for works that feature striking and colorful repetitions of single patterns, as seen in her iconic polka-dot installations and sculptures and in her "infinity rooms," whose mirrored walls create the illusion of infinite space. Kusama's infinity rooms are currently the focus of a North American touring exhibition.


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