If you’re heading to Tokyo during or after October this year, and you’ve already seen all the polka dots you thought were possible at Yayoi Kusama’s solo exhibition at National Gallery Singapore, then here’s some good news: the ‘Polka-dot Princess’ is opening her very own museum situated in the heart of Shinjuku this October.
Dubbed the ‘world’s most popular artist’ in 2014, the Japanese multimedia artist, best known for her immersive, polka-dotted installations, commissioned the five-story structure to house her works. Though construction completed in 2014, little was known surrounding the building’s intended purpose until the Yayoi Kusama Museum‘s sudden announcement earlier this month. With the structure’s first floor housing an entrance and gift shop, the second and third floor will house Kusama’s works, leaving the fourth floor dedicated to installations (hopefully with some preventive measures to ward off selfie-fuelled calamities). The fifth floor will function as a reading room and joint outdoor space.
Visitors can expect to view rotating exhibitions twice a year, with the inaugural exhibition, Creation is a Solitary Pursuit, Love is What Brings You Closer to Art, held from the day of opening until February 25, 2018, with tickets going on sale from August 28. The exhibition will feature Kusama’s paintings of eyes, faces, and works for the My Eternal Soul collection, of which selected works are currently on exhibit at National Gallery Singapore until September 3, 2017.
The Yayoi Kusama Museum is located at 107 Bentencho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, and opens on October 1, 2017. Open from Thursday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm. General admission priced at JPY 1,000. For more info, visit yayoikusamamuseum.jp.