arts • 14 Aug, 2017
Yayoi Kusama Gets Her Own Museum In Tokyo
90-Minute Tickets Go On Sale At The End Of August
Yayoi Kusama is a living work of art. Born in Nagano in 1929, she moved to New York in 1957 and started hanging out with avant garde artists like Donald Judd and Joseph Cornell. “Andy [Warhol] copied my ideas,” she even once claimed.
Her extremely Instagram-mable artworks are often filled with vast fields of polka dots. “After all,” she explained, “[the] moon is a polka dot, [the] sun is a polka dot, and then, the earth where we live is also a polka dot.”
Don’t let her work’s pop appeal fool you though, because Kusama has had a troubled life. She suffered hallucinations ever since childhood, had a problematic upbringing with abusive parents, and was eventually committed to a Tokyo psychiatric hospital in 1975, where she still lives.
Now 88, the artist continues to create. In June, we announced a major retrospective of her work at the National Gallery Singapore called ‘Yayoi Kusama: Life Is The Heart Of A Rainbow’ that runs till 3 September 2017.
And we’ve just had confirmation of the opening of her own museum in Shinjuku, Tokyo, in October. The white building will contain a gift shop (of course), two floors of exhibitions of Kusama’s work, another floor with her as-seen-on-social-media installations, and the top floor will be archives and a reading room.
The gallery’s first exhibition will be called ‘Creation is a Solitary Pursuit, Love is What Brings You Closer to Art’ and will run between October 1 and February 25, 2018. And anticipating the clamour to attend, the museum will make tickets available on August 28th with an advisory 90-minute visit limit.
Words by David Kaye