Yayoi Kusama Museum 草間弥生美術館
The Yayoi Kusama Museum, in Tokyo's Shinjuku ward, is dedicated to the artwork of the avant garde Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama, most famous for her signature polka dot motif.
Tickets for the Yayoi Kusama Museum must be purchased in advance, online, for a particular day and time slot. See what's on now at the Yayoi Kusama Museum.
Yayoi Kusama was born in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, in 1929. She began drawing from an early age, her visual art being inspired by patterns she witnessed unfolding in her head, and which sometimes spilled over into her sensory perceptions.
At age 27 she moved to the United States and by the 1960s had established a name for herself on the New York avant garde scene, copiously producing intricately executed works of geometric grandeur and usually vivid color. She returned to Japan in 1973 and, after a spell as an art dealer, continued producing art from her studio in Shinjuku while resident in a local psychiatric hospital, where she still lives.
She achieved renewed fame from the late 1980s, and since then has met ongoing success, with her works now traded and exhibited in the world's major art centers and museums, and frequently commissioned.
The sale of one of her works for $7.1 million at Christie's in 2014 was the highest ever for a living female artist. .Kusama has received numerous awards for her art, and has also made a name for herself as a fashion designer and writer. Read more about Yayoi Kusama.
The Kusama Yayoi Museum, dedicated to her works, opened in October 2017, and holds two long-running exhibitions a year.
Hours and Admission
The Yayoi Kusama Museum cannot be casually accessed. Advance online purchase of a ticket is required, using a credit card, reserved for one of four 90-minute time slots on a particular day. Each time slot is limited to 50 people. Tickets for two months ahead go on sale on the first of each month, but sell out very quickly. Bookings are through the Kusama Yayoi Museum website.
Open four - sometimes five - days a week: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. (Closed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday except when they fall on a public holiday.) 11am-5pm
Adults: 1,000 yen, school age: 600 yen.
The Kusama Yayoi Museum is on Gaien-Higashi-dori Avenue in the drab Bentencho area of Shinjuku ward in Tokyo.
7 minutes' walk from Exit 1, Waseda Station, Tokyo Metro Tozai Line.
6 minutes' walk from the East Exit, Ushigome-yanagicho Station, Tokyo Subway Oedo Line.
2 minutes' walk from Ushigome Hoken Center bus stop, or Ushigome Bentencho bus stop on Toei bus route "白61" (starting from Busta Shinjuku bus terminal at the South Exit of Shinjuku Station, bound for Nerima Shako).
Bentencho 107, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0851 東京都新宿区弁天町107
The chic Kagurazaka district, with its numerous eateries, is one stop east on both the Oedo Subway Line (go from Ushigome-yanagicho Station to Ushigome-kagurazaka Station) and the Tozai Subway Line (go from Waseda Station to Kagurazaka Station).
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