“The princess of polka dots', Yayoi Kusama, is opening her own museum in Bentencho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo. The inaugural exhibition ‘Creation is a Solitary Pursuit, Love is What Brings You Closer to Art’ will open on 1 October 2017 and will run until 25 February 2018 (tickets are now available on www.yayoikusamamuseum.jp).The announcement was released relatively quietly on the artist’s website, now 87 years old. She “wanted to keep it as a surprise for her fans” according to her representation David Zwirner Gallery.
The museum, a five-story building designed by Kume Sekkei, was completed in 2014 and 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 Ms. 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 exclusive exhibition centres on her newest painting series “My Eternal Soul”. Other new works by Yayoi Kusama will also be on display. In addition to the sixteen works from “My Eternal Soul”, the series entitled “Love Forever” will be presented, a collection of black and white drawings that formed the precursor to Kusama’s latest series. Furthermore, an installation piece Kusama has created especially for the museum's opening will be showcased, along with a new pumpkin.
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