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Get tickets for the inaugural exhibition today!Yayoi Kusama is an avant-garde artist and novelist. Born in 1929 in Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture. From a young age, Yayoi Kusama experienced visual and auditory hallucinations, and began creating net and polka-dot pattern pictures. In 1957, she went to the United States and began making net paintings and soft sculptures, as well as organizing happenings and developing installations that made use of mirrors and lights, establishing herself as an avant-garde artist. Overcoming various obsessions, she discovered an artistic philosophy of self-obliteration via the obsessive repetition and multiplication of single motifs. She has held exhibitions at various museums throughout the world, and in recent years her large-scale retrospective exhibitions at the Tate Modern and Pompidou Centre have elicited considerable responses. She recorded more than 2 million visitors to her tours in Latin America and Asia, which led to her being named the 'world's most popular artist in 2014' by the Art Newspaper. In 2016, she received Japan's Order of Culture. In 2017, a North American tour of her work started at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.
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 1, 2017. Kusama commissioned practice Kume Sekkei to build the lantern-like structure back in 2014, but little has been known about its future use until now. Kusama's announcement clears up the mystery, making it a new monument of contemporary art. The museum will be home to exhibitions of her works and her signature immersive art...
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