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Prolific Artist Yayoi Kusama Is Opening Her Own Museum In Tokyo

Surprise!

Multifaceted Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s exhibitions are universally loved, drawing huge crowds wherever her psychedelic artworks land.

Now, the 88-year-old is set to open her very own museum in Tokyo in October, sporting the tagline: “Foundation creation is solitary activity, love is exactly the approach to art”.

Yayoi Kusama installation

Image: Choo Chin Nin / Flickr

Kusama’s illustrious career began in the early 1950s, when she rose to fame for abstract watercolour and oil paintings that stretched across walls, floors, canvases and even household objects, and were admired for their vibrant colours and groovy patterns.

Motivated by pop art, minimalism and feminist art movements, she influenced modern contemporaries like Andy Warhol, Charles Oldenburg and George Segal.

Yayoi Kusama painting

The museum, which will hold Kusama’s unique and colossal works (including one of her infamous infinity rooms) will occupy a unique five-story complex.

Yayoi Kusama infinity room

The museum has been in the works for some time, but Kusama wanted to keep it a secret to surprise her fans. A website dedicated to the museum says doors will open on October 1, and will run until February 25, 2018. The museum will open between 11am and 5pm, Thursday–Sunday. Tickets costs $9 (¥1000) each.

(All Images: National Gallery of Singapore)

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