Yayoi Kusama Museum

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  1. Yayoi Kusama Museum | Time Out Tokyo
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Time Out says

The world's first museum dedicated entirely to bewigged contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama hosts two exhibitions annually, focusing on Kusama's entire repertoire, including her ‘Infinity Net’ paintings, phallic sculptures and, yes, those legendary red polka dots. Note that entry is by time slot (six per day; the museum is open Thursday though Sunday) and that buying tickets in advance is essential - they're not sold on the door. Reserve yours through the museum's website.

We have a floor-by-floor guide to the Yayoi Kusama Museum – read it here.


107 Bentencho, Shinjuku-ku
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Ushigome-Yanagicho Station (Oedo line); Waseda Station (Tozai line)
Opening hours:
11am-5.30pm (6 time slots daily) / closed Mon-Wed (except for holidays)

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Yayoi Kusama’s Self-Obliteration/Psychedelic World

Step into the fantastical world of Yayoi Kusama at her latest exhibition at the Yayoi Kusama Museum in Shinjuku. Kusama's art, famous for its obsessive repetition of a single motif, blurs the line between self and other - a concept she calls 'self-obliteration'. This signature theme of hers is born from her childhood hallucinations and can draw viewers into a dreamlike state. This exhibition provides a unique exploration into Kusama's artistry across different periods, with a focus on the psychedelic aspects – a tribute to America's 1960s psychedelic movement. Installations include a new hexagonal Mirror Room, from a series which she first introduced in a solo exhibition in New York in the late 1960s.  Visitors can also expect to see Kusama's early drawings, where she graphically depicted her innermost images. Works from her later years after her return to Japan are also displayed, including vivid acrylic paintings, large-scale 3D works, and an installation using a black light. A visual feast that captures Kusama's journey of self-obliteration, visitors are invited to immerse themselves in her entrancing world.

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