Yayoi Kusama, one of Japan’s most prolific and successful artists, is opening her own museum in Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward. The 5-story structure will open to the public on October 1st, 2017.
Years ago, Kusama commissioned a mysterious white building in Tokyo’s Shinjuku area, built by Kume Sekkei in 2014. The five-story structure sparked speculation among locals, but remained enigmatic. Without any explanation, the Yayoi Kusama Museum, along with a new website, announced that the museum was now ready to open. Accordingly, the ground level will house the entrance and gift shop. Floors 2 and 3 will be exhibition spaces for Kusama’s works while the 4th floor will be dedicated to the artist’s Instagram-friendly immersive installations.
With the help of the museum’s director, Tensei Tabata, who also works as the director of the Saitama Museum of Modern Art and as the president of Tama Art University, the space will be ready to open on October 1st. The Yayoi Kusama Museum — the world’s first private facility endorsed by her — will showcase works by the 88-year-old avant-garde artist, who is driven by visual and auditory hallucinations that she has experienced since childhood.
An exhibition to mark the opening of the museum, titled “Creation is a Solitary Pursuit, Love is What Brings You Closer to Art,” will be held from Oct. 1 to Feb. 25 next year. It will focus on “My Eternal Soul” — a series of large square canvases painted with faces, eyes and other meticulous patterns in vivid hues that Kusama has worked on since 2009.
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