Yayoi Kusama to open her own museum in Tokyo on Oct 1

A video installation titled Song Of A Manhattan Suicide Addict (2010) shows Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama singing an original song about her experience dealing with depression.
A video installation titled Song Of A Manhattan Suicide Addict (2010) shows Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama singing an original song about her experience dealing with depression. ST PHOTO: FELINE LIM

(NYTIMES) - Polka dots. Mirrors. Pumpkins. Balloons. And long lines to see all of the above.

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 Oct. 1. The news, reported by the Japanese culture website Spoon & Tamago on Thursday, was confirmed by the David Zwirner Gallery, which represents Kusama.

The museum, a five-story building designed by Kume Sekkei, was completed in 2014, but 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," Kusama said. "I'm going to create it in the future.")

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 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 Oct 1 through Feb 25, will show a recent series of paintings, My Eternal Soul. Tickets, priced at 1,000 yen (about S$12), go on sale on Aug 28 and will be offered in time slots, suggesting that large crowds are anticipated.

Her recent exhibition at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington drew such high numbers of visitors that The Post published a survival guide.


Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama posing with her latest artwork Life Is The Heart Of A Rainbow. PHOTO: OTA FINE ARTS