Who is Yayoi Kusama?
Yayoi Kusama is one of Japan's most celebrated artists who is obsessed with polka dots, pumpkins, balloons and foremost repetition. Kusama has been travelling the world with her special exhibitions, which are based (according to herself) on the hallucinations she experienced during her childhood when she was abused by her mother. She moved to New York when she became an adult and returned a few years later and entered a mental institution in Tokyo voluntarity where she has been living ever since. Its her art, which keeps her from going insane... This is exactly what gives her work another dimension and is definitely worth checking out... And it is possible, since she will be opening her own museum in Tokyo this autumn (2017!)
The museum building had been completed in 2014, but little was known about its purpose. It was only a few months ago, it was annouced the building would house the magnificent artwork of Yayoi Kusama.
The ground floor is supposedly becoming the gift show and the entrance. The 2nd and 3rd floor will be an exhibition space for Yayoi's sculptures and painting. The 4th floor will be dedicated to the artwork, Kusama is most famous for... her infinity rooms!
According to the official website the museum will also have a 5th floor which will function as a reading room and an outdoor space. No information has been given about the layout of the outside yet.
The first exhibition which will be featured inside the museum as a part of a rotating schedule is called: "Creation is a Solitary Persuit, Love is What brings you closer to Art" and will run until February 25th, 2018.
The Infinity Rooms
Kusama is most famous for her Infinity rooms and tickets to her exhibitions have sold out everywhere this exhibition has travelled. Visitors have paid over 100 dollars per tickets to see her magnificent Mirrored Infinity Rooms.
People are "locked" inside the mirrored rooms by groups of mostly 3 for 30-45 seconds and can be amazed by the beauty of Kusama's rooms!
How to get tickets
The museum will open on October 1st 2017. However, the tickets can be bought in advance from August 28th on the official website of the Yayoi Kusama Museum: http://yayoikusamamuseum.jp/
The First batch of tickets are sold for October. Afterwards, on the 1st of the prior month to visiting the tickets will go on sale. This means you can buy the tickets for all December dates, for example, starting from the 1st of November.
Tickets will not be sold at the venue and can be bought until 23:59 the day before entering. (Although I wouldnt recommend waiting this long)
Ticket prices will be 1000 yen a person and can be bought for a special date and time slot. (Children aged 6-18 years will have to pay 600 yen, under 6 years are free of charge)
107 Bentencho, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Hours: 11:00 – 17:00 Thursday-Sunday
Closed Monday – Wednesday