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Kusama to open museum in Japan

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / 2016

    Yayoi Kusama’s artwork on display in Kakaako at the Ward Village Courtyard in 2016.

Polka dots. Mirrors. Pumpkins. Balloons. And long lines to see them.

Yayoi Kusama, whose obsessively patterned and repetitive imagery has made her one of Japan’s most celebrated artists, is opening her own museum in the Shinjuku neighborhood of Tokyo on Oct. 1. (Works by the eccentric artist were part of the inaugural Honolulu Biennial earlier this year. Pictured below is a part of the artist’s “Footprints of Life” installation at the IBM building in 2016.)

The museum, a five-story building designed by Kume Sekkei, was completed in 2014, but Kusama, 87, remained quiet about its purpose. The space will be dedicated to Kusama’s work, with two changing exhibitions each year, as well as one floor housing her popular “infinity rooms” and other installations.

The first exhibition, “Creation Is a Solitary Pursuit, Love Is What Brings You Closer to Art,” running Oct. 1 through Feb. 25, will show a recent series of paintings, “My Eternal Soul.”

Tickets, priced at 1,000 yen (about $9), go on sale Aug. 28 and will be offered in time slots, suggesting large crowds are expected.

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