arts • 10 Oct, 2017
A Look Inside Yayoi Kusama’s Tokyo Museum
Japanese Artist’s Own Five-floor Space Is Now Open
In August we hyped the opening of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s museum. Now we can take you inside — which is the only way you’re getting in, as tickets have sold out until 2018.
Opened on 1st October, the world’s most Instagram-ed artist’s museum has five floors of her works, as well as a library and gift shop (of course). And even the roof deck holds a Kusama pumpkin sculpture.
But for an artist used to working large scale, early reports have expressed surprise at the limited size of the space. Maybe the restricted area will help guests make the most of their 90-minute visit time slot. No doubt time mostly spent on the third floor filled with Kusama’s colour paintings, and the fourth floor, where there’s an intriguing ‘immersive infinity room’. Guests may even decide to spend a large portion of their time in the bathrooms, which contain the artist’s trademark red spots (and one of those Japanese wonder toilets).
Speaking at the opening, Kusama, who is now 88, expressed hopes for the future. “I hope my works contribute to a society without war,” she told the first visitors.
If this first taste still isn’t enough, and you have the patience, tickets for January 2018 will go on sale on November 1st.
Words by David Kaye