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Yayoi Kusama opens her own museum in Tokyo

The artist’s new works take center stage

exhibition at Yayoi Kusama Museum in Tokyo
A peek at the exhibition.
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Editor's Note: This post was originally published in August 2017 and has been updated with the most recent information.

From disorienting “infinity” rooms to dot-covered interiors and installations at Philip Johnson’s Glass House, the work of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is certain to draw art-loving crowds. And now, the artist has opened her very own dedicated museum.

Years ago, Kusama commissioned a mysterious white building in Tokyo’s Shinjuku area, built by Kume Sekkei in 2014. The five-story structure sparked speculation among locals, but remained enigmatic. Then, in August, a new website for the Yayoi Kusama Museum announced that the building would be ready to open in October.

The museum’s first floor will hold the gift shop and entrance, the second and third floors will display a range of Kusama’s stand-alone artworks, while the fourth floor will house environmental installations, reports Spoon & Tamago. The fifth floor will have a reading room and archive of Kusama-related documents, as well as a terrace.

The museum’s inaugural exhibition, “Creation is a Solitary Pursuit, Love is What Brings You Closer to Art,” highlights her newest painting series “My Eternal Soul,” alongside other new drawings and installations. Tickets and full details can be found on the museum’s website.

Below, take a peek inside and head to Designboom for more photos. According to the New York Times, Kusama’s signature polka dots are not only found on the museum’s new pumpkin works and stenciled glass facade, but also in the restrooms and elevators.

“Pumpkins Screaming About Love Beyond Infinity.”
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“Starry Pumpkin.”
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Yayoi Kusama Museum in Tokyo
The Yayoi Kusama Museum building in Tokyo.
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Museum facade.
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