New Exhibition by Yayoi Kusama Now Open
A new exhibition by world-famous Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has opened in her hometown of Matsumoto on 3 March, 2018.Universe, peace and love -
The timeless universality of Kusama’s art continues to propagate, infinitely, even now.
Avant-garde Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has been a leading light in the global art scene for many years now. Her messages of world peace and eternal love shine through her art works and have inspired many people all around the world.
Experience Kusama’s spectacular art universe in her birthplace in 2018, with a new exhibition starting this March at Matsumoto City Museum of Art in Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture. Entitled Yayoi Kusama: All About My Love, the exhibition will run for five months, from Saturday 3 March until Sunday 22 July, 2018.
Yayoi Kusama: All About My Love
Born in 1929, Kusama left Japan for the USA more than half a century ago. With her unparalleled sense of individuality, she has since become a dominant voice on the global artistic scene. Yet her identity remains rooted in many ways to her hometown in Japan, and she has continued to battle against the hidden horror of the psychedelic experiences that she first encountered there when growing up ever since.
From traditional Japanese paintings and youthful drawings done while still in Matsumoto City to her Net paintings, soft sculptures, films, installations, field sculptures, performances and fashion, Kusama has continued to break boundaries by creating and exploring new art forms and media over the years. Her endlessly creative artistic activities mean that her portfolio has never become stagnant, and remains in many ways as fresh and innovative as when she was young.
Possessing an uncommon talent for art and creativity, many believe that Kusama is worthy of the title genius. Yet in many ways her achievements have not been easily won. What motivated her to leave her hometown sixty years ago? What was going through her mind at that time - agony, distress, or perhaps, hope?
Taking Kusama’s most recent series of work, “My Eternal Soul”, as its central theme, the new exhibition allows visitors to appreciate more of Kusama’s world of art at the same time as getting under the skin of this iconic and celebrated Japanese artist by viewing her creations in the setting of her birthplace and hometown in Japan.
In the fifteen years since its opening, Matsumoto City Museum of Art has held three Yayoi Kusama exhibitions, most recently in 2012. However, Yayoi Kusama: All About My Love will be the largest ever Yayoi Kusama exhibition at a single venue by volume of works, with a total of 180 works by the imaginative artist on display.
The exclusive new exhibition will display both Kusama’s very first exhibition works as well as many of her latest works, including specially selected, domestically unreleased works from her latest painting series, “My Eternal Soul” (2009), which now numbers over 550 completed works and is constantly being added to thanks to Kusama’s energetic, non-stop production.
Kusama’s "Infinity Mirrored Room", a large-scale installation never before exhibited in Japan, will also be on display. Visitors will be able to enter Kusama’s kaleidoscopic world, immersed in and surrounded by her spectacularly endless and endlessly spectacular art.
Displaying examples of her work chronologically from her early childhood in the 1930s right up to the present day, this comprehensive exhibition allows visitors to trace the development of her phenomenal artistic talents through the fruits of a lifetime of art - the ultimate Yayoi Kusama exhibition.
About the Exhibition
Kusama’s colourful and dynamic world of art unfolds before visitors’ eyes even before they have set foot in the museum. Artworks displayed outside in the museum’s grounds, such as “The Visionary Flowers (2002)”, “To the Future, from Matsumoto” (2016) and her balloon works and polka dots can be enjoyed by all comers for free.
Inside, paying visitors are guided through two exhibition rooms. In the first, Kusama’s latest installations invite visitors into her extraordinary world. Her creative output unfolds in chronological order, from precious early works that pre-date her time in the USA, including her “Infinity Nets” series of paintings and soft sculptures, which triggered her enormous success in the New York art scene; collage works signposting her return to Japan; and her recent net paintings, infinite polka dots and 3D works.
In the second room, seventy paintings from “My Eternal Soul”, her most recent series of work, adorn the walls. Half of these are on display in Japan for the first time, while others are making their world debut and have not been on display anywhere else before. On the way there, visitors are temporarily enveloped by darkness as they step into the space of infinity, passing through 3D works of light and mirrors and embarking upon a journey into another universe.
The final room, the mirror room, invites visitors to shut the door and linger for a while, temporarily becoming part of the spectacle. Never before exhibited in Japan, “All the Eternal Love for the Pumpkins” features walls covered with mirrors, producing endless reflections upon reflections, and is another almost overwhelming, full-body experience.
Visitors can also enjoy watching Kusama’s early documentary films, played on loop in a large screen in the museum’s multi-purpose hall, and snap a few selfies with the gigantic yellow pumpkin squatting in the museum’s inner courtyard. Don’t forget to tag your selfie with #kusama2018 and check out the official Instagram account here: www.instagram.com/kusama2018/
Buy Tickets Online and Skip the Queues
Endeavouring to capture Kusama’s dynamic and multifaceted talents from many angles,
Yayoi Kusama: All About My Love also includes works in many other media, such as poems, films and installations, and is the largest ever collection of her works to go on display.
Adult tickets cost ¥1,200 (£8.05), while college and high school students pay ¥800 (£5.35) and junior high school students and below go in for free. Admission is free for visitors with physical disabilities (ID required) and one accompanying adult.
Tickets can be bought on the door or they can be bought in advance, allowing you to skip the queues with priority entry when you arrive. Exhibition tickets have no specified date or time and can be used at any time during the exhibition period. Simply show a printout of your ticket or your smartphone screen upon entry. Buy tickets for Yayoi Kusama: All About My Love here www.e-tix.jp/kusama2018/en/
Find out more on the exhibition’s official website here: https://kusama2018.com/english
Venue: Matsumoto City Museum of Art
Address: 4-2-22, Chuo, Matsumoto-shi, Nagano, Japan
Museum website: http://matsumoto-artmuse.jp/en/
Opening hours: 9:00-17:00, 9:00-19:00 on all Saturdays (Except March 3rd, 9:00-21:00) (Last entry 30 minutes before closing )
Closed on Mondays (Except April 30th, May 7th, July 16th)