photo by Masahiro Tsuchido ©YAYOI KUSAMA

Yayoi Kusama, one of Japan’s most prolific and successful artists, is opening her own museum in Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward. The 5-story structure will open to the public on October 1st, 2017.

Very little was known about the tall white structure when it was originally completed in 2014 by Kume Sekkei. Peering through its large glass windows as it glistened among the grey and brown apartment buildings, residents and tourists alike speculated about its use. Was it Kusama’s residence? Was it a private gallery? Was it always intended as a museum but its opening delayed due to Kusama’s health?

Without any explanation, the Yayoi Kusama Museum, along with a new website, announced that the museum was now ready to open. Accordingly, the ground level will house the entrance and gift shop. Floors 2 and 3 will be exhibition spaces for Kusama’s works while the 4th floor will be dedicated to the artist’s Instagram-friendly immersive installations. The 5th floor will serve as a reading room dedicated to storing documents and material relating to Kusama and her work. It will also contain an outdoor space.

The museum will also host rotating exhibitions twice a year. The inaugural exhibition, titled “Creation is a Solitary Pursuit, Love is What Brings You Closer to Art” will run from October 1, 2017 – February 25, 2018. General admission is 1000 yen. Timed tickets will go on sale August 28.

Yayoi Kusama Museum
107 Bentencho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Gmap)
Hours: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Closed Monday – Wednesday