The New York Times previews the Yayoi Kusama Museum in Tokyo

By Motoko Rich

 

Yayoi Kusama, the celebrated Japanese artist whose compulsively repetitive images have drawn huge crowds and critical acclaim around the world, is opening a museum in Tokyo that could only be hers. The unmistakable touches include large red polka dots and mirrors in the elevators and a bulbous mosaic pumpkin sculpture on the top floor.

 

“Until now, I was the one who went overseas,” Ms. Kusama, 88, said, sitting in a wheelchair in front of her painting “I Who Have Arrived In The Universe” at a media preview of the Yayoi Kusama Museum on Tuesday. “But I now recognize that there are more people coming to Japan to come to see my work,” she said, reading from a statement in a binder covered in — what else? — red polka dots. “And that is why I decided to establish a place for them to see my work.”

 

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Image: Yayoi Kusama at a media preview of the Yayoi Kusama Museum in Tokyo. 

Photo: Motohiko Hasui for The New York Times

 

The New York Times Posted 28 September 2017

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