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Yayoi Kusama's Dazzling Exhibit in Tokyo


Yayoi Kusama's eccentric polka dots and kaleidoscopic "infinity rooms" find a permanent home in Tokyo's Shinjuku. By VERONICA INVEEN.

Published on Nov 22, 2017

 

YOU MAY NOT KNOW THE ARTIST BY NAME, but odds are you'd recognize Yayoi Kusama's signature dotted patterns, or perhaps even the 88-year-old's iconic fiery red wig. The Japanese artist is one of the most prominent figures in her country's contemporary art scene and most recently has caught the rest of the world's attention as her uber-Instagrammable exhibit "Infinity Mirrors" makes its way around the globe on a one-year tour.

Yayoi Kusama
Yayoi Kusama with her Death of My Sorrowful Youth Comes Walking With Resounding Steps. Courtesy of Yayoi Kusama.

All the while, Kusama had been quietly preparing to open her first museum. Her five-story eponymous structure in the heart of Tokyo's Shinjuku district debuted in October 2017. The gallery will rotate through semi-annual exhibitions, while also housing other permanent installations, including a whole floor devoted to one of her signature mirror rooms. The inaugural show, "Creation is a Solitary Pursuit, Love is What Brings You Closer to Art," will run until February 25, 2018, and focuses on her latest painting series, "My Eternal Soul," a colorful collection of eye-popping patterns. Tickets to visit the museum are sold out through November 2017, which isn't surprising given how popular her traveling shows have been this year (two-hour queues in Singapore; a record breaking number of visitors at Hirrshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.). With more than 60 years of artistic acclaim under her belt, and work that is all but declining in vigor, Yayoi Kusama's soul really does seem eternal. yayoikusamamuseum.jp; admission ¥1,000.

 

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Museum exterior.
  • Death of my Sorrowful Youth.
  • I Love Eyes.
  • Women Waiting for Spring.
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