Lonely Planet Writer

A museum dedicated to the artist Yayoi Kusama is opening in Tokyo in October

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s exhibitions draw in crowds eager to admire her incredible kaleidoscopic pieces, polka-dotted pumpkins and reflecting infinity rooms. Now, the prolific 88-year-old will open her own museum in Tokyo in October, where guests can immerse themselves in her unique works.

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama sits working on a new painting, in front of other newly finished paintings in her studio, on 25 January, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan. Image by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty Images

A new website dedicated to the museum says that it will open on 1 October. The inaugural exhibition is entitled ‘Creation is a Solitary Pursuit, Love is What Brings You Closer to Art’ and will run until 25 February, 2018.

The museum will be located in a unique five-storey building that was built in 2014 in Tokyo and will be home to exhibitions of her works and her signature immersive art installations.

Visitors will have to buy timed tickets in advance to spend 90-minutes exploring the museum. The tickets will cost 1000 Japanese yen or about $9 USD, and go on sale on 28 August from the official website.

Yayoi Kusama attends the Yayoi Kusama ‘I Who Have Arrived In Heaven’ Exhibition Press Preview at David Zwirner Art Gallery on 7 November 2013 in New York City. Image by Andrew Toth/Getty Images

Travellers have recently had a number of opportunities to see Kusama’s work around the world, and some displays are still on show for those who can’t make it to Japan. An exhibition called ‘Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors’ started a tour at the Hirshhorn in Washington, DE this year. Currently the exhibition is at the Seattle Art Museum (until 10 September), before moving to The Broad in Los Angeles (21 October to 1 January, 2018), the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto (3 March to 27 May, 2018), the Cleveland Museum of Art (9 July to 30 September), and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta (18 November to 17 February).

The National Gallery in Singapore is also holding the first major survey of Kusama’s work in Southeast Asia at the gallery, featuring 120 works. The exhibition is called ‘Life is the Heart of a Rainbow’ and runs until 3 September.