By Brian Boucher
Yayoi Kusama has built a museum dedicated to her work in the Shinjuku section of Tokyo, and it is scheduled to open on October 1, according to a Japanese press release issued yesterday. Somehow, the artist has managed to keep the project very hush-hush until now.
The five-story museum—a white, large-windowed, curved structure—was built by architecture firm Kume Sekkei and completed in 2014. The institution will be led by director Tensei Tatebata, president of Tama Art University and director of the Saitama Museum of Modern Art.
The second and third floors of the museum will be dedicated to presentations of Kusama’s paintings, sculptures, and other works, while the fourth floor will be dominated by her Infinity Rooms and other wildly popular installations. The top floor will house a reading room and archival material. Timed tickets, which cost ¥1,000 ($9.18), go on sale August 28.
Image: The Yayoi Kusama Museum, Tokyo. Photo by Masahiro Tsuchido © Yayoi Kusama