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Yayoi Kusama Is Opening Her Own Dot-Filled Tokyo Museum

The permanent five-storey facility will showcase the artist's immersive installations and more.
By Sarah Ward
August 19, 2017
By Sarah Ward
August 19, 2017

For seven decades, Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has been brightening up galleries around the globe with her dot-filled art work — and bringing smiles to art lover's faces in the process. Come October 1, she'll not only be doing just that; she'll also have her own museum dedicated to her lively geometric designs. Expect circles galore, colour aplenty and pumpkins.

Slated to open in Tokyo's Shinjuku, the new facility will become a permanent celebration and showcase of the 88-year-old's inimitable pieces, spreading the vibrant joy across five storeys. According to The Japanese Times, the Yayoi Kusama Museum will feature a collection of her art, including her immersive installations, plus documents and related material. Launching with the inaugural exhibition Creation is a Solitary Pursuit, Love is What Brings You Closer to Art from October 1, 2017 to February 25, 2018, it will host two per year, as well as regular lectures.

In what's proving to be a great time to surround yourself with Kusama's art, the news comes in the lead up to her next Australian exhibition, Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow, which heads to Brisbane for four months from November. Kusama fanatics (aka everyone) in the vicinity of Japan rather than Brissie can snap up advance tickets to the Tokyo museum from August 28, for a cost of 1000 yen (around AUD$11). The site will run year-round, opening Thursday to Sunday across a series of staggered entry times.

Via The Japan Times. Image: Yayoi Kusama in front of Life is the Heart of a Rainbow (2017) ©YAYOI KUSAMA, Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore, Victoria Miro, London, David Zwirner, New York

Published on August 19, 2017 by Sarah Ward
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