Yayoi Kusama Museum
Open on 1 October 2017
A long-awaited museum dedicated to Yayoi Kusama, an internationally acclaimed artist, will soon open near Kagurazaka, central Tokyo. The Yayoi Kusama Museum will host exhibitions twice a year to display works from the artist’s collection. The museum will be an excellent place to encounter contemporary art and feel “world peace” and “love for human beings” that the artist has pursued throughout her work.
◆The artist Yayoi Kusama
Yayoi Kusama was born in 1929 in Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture in central Japan. Since small she suffered from visual and auditory hallucinations, which led her to paint with mesh patterns and polka dot motifs. In 1957, Kusama went to the United States, where she produced paintings, sculptures and installations using mirrors and lights, while also giving impromptu performances. She eventually established herself as a great artist. Surmounting various obsessions, Kusama has reached an artistic philosophy of self-annihilation through a compulsive repetition and proliferation of a single motif.
The only Japanese national selected among the Time 100 (“The 100 Most Influential People”, Time magazine) in 2016, Yayoi Kusama is, without a doubt, one of the most outstanding and best known artists in the world. Her solo exhibitions held around the globe have been hugely successful, whether at Tate Modern (London), the Pompidou Centre (Paris) or at other venues in Central and South America, Asia and Northern Europe, all attracting enthusiastic crowds.
◆Yayoi Kusama Museum
Discover – and rediscover – Kusama’s artistic universe at this new museum in a five-story building. The entrance and a shop are located on the first floor. Exhibition rooms occupy the 2nd and 3rd floors, a space for interactive installations on the 4th floor, and a reference section and an outdoor exhibition space on the 5th floor.
The museum will open its doors with an inaugural exhibition entitled “Creation is a Solitary Pursuit, Love is What Brings You Closer to Art” (1 October 2017 – 25 February 2018, read article – in process).
photo by Masahiro Tsuchido ©YAYOI KUSAMA
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