Category Archives: Japan 2019

Yayoi Kusama Museum

Polka dots. Mirrors. Pumpkins. Balloons. And long lines to see all of the above.

Yayoi Kusama’s repetitive patterned imagery has made her one of Japan’s most celebrated artists.

Yayoi Kusama, whose obsessively patterned and repetitive imagery has made her one of Japan’s most celebrated artists, is opening her own museum in the Shinjuku neighbourhood of Tokyo on October 1 this year.

The museum, a five-story building designed by Kume Sekkei, was completed in 2014, but Ms. Kusama, 87, remained quiet about its purpose. (She perhaps alluded to the project in an interview in February with The Washington Post when she was asked what had been the highlight of her career. “It’s still coming,” Ms. Kusama said. “I’m going to create it in the future.”)

Yayoi Kusama Museum, Shinjuku, Tokyo

The museum will be directed by Tensei Tatebata, the president of Tama Art University and director of the Saitama Museum of Modern Art. The space will be dedicated to Ms. Kusama’s own work, with two changing exhibitions each year, as well as one floor housing her popular “infinity rooms” and other installations. The top floor will house a reading room and archival materials.

The first exhibition, Creation Is a Solitary Pursuit, Love Is What Brings You Closer to Art, running October 1, 2017 through February 25, 2018, will show a recent series of paintings, My Eternal Soul. Tickets go on sale on August 28 and will be offered in time slots, suggesting that large crowds are anticipated.

My Eternal Soul series (2015-2017) @ National Gallery Singapore
My Eternal Soul
L to R: Flowers, Don’t Fall Apart (2012), The Sun Wants To Go On A Journey (2012), Stairway to Heaven (2012), Youth Does Not Go Away (2016), I Who Came From The Universe (2017)

Polka dots. Mirrors. Pumpkins. Balloons. Little bears like all of these 🙂

Yayoi Kusama, Soul under the moon, 2002 @ GOMA, Brisbane in 2015
Yayoi Kusama, Flowers that bloom at midnight, 2011 @ GOMA, Brisbane in 2015
Yayoi Kusama, Dots Obsession, 2016 @ MONA, Hobart in 2017
Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin, 2015 @ Glass House, Connecticut in 2016
Yayoi Kusama, Gleaming Lights of the Souls, 2008 @ National Gallery Singapore in 2017
Yayoi Kusama, With All My Love For The Tulips I Pray Forever (2013-2017) @ National Gallery Singapore in 2017
Yayoi Kusama, Dots Obsession Balloons @ National Gallery Singapore in 2017