Here, Now, I have Reached the Grandest Start of My Life
In a nutshell
This is the second exhibition in the new Yayoi Kusama Museum. It features 16 works from last year’s My Eternal Soul at the National Art Center, Tokyo; 20 works on paper from the 1950s; a black and yellow pumpkin mirror room; and a large Starry Pumpkin on the fifth floor.
The museum is housed in a five story, narrow, freestanding building in Bentenchō, Shinjuku. The very small gift shop and reception area are on the first floor with the exhibition rooms on the second - fifth floors.
Tickets are not available at the door and must be purchased in advanced. The tickets are released on the first of the month for dates two months ahead. For example, tickets for August are available for purchase starting June 1. Tickets can be purchased through the museum’s website starting at 10:00 am Tokyo time and they sell out right away.
English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)
The limited written information, the wall text and handouts, is in English and Japanese.
Photos are allowed on the fourth and fifth floors.
Yayoi Kusama’s work is colorful, joyful and thought provoking. Her creativity makes you want to go home and pick up a paintbrush.
Her work is both simple and complex and appealing to a wide audience.
How far out?
The museum is about a 8-10 minute walk from the Waseda Metro or Ushigome Yanagicho Toei Subway stations.
How much time?
Tickets are timed for 90 minutes, including shopping in the gift shop.
How much money?
¥1,000 for general admission.
The first term ends June 17. The second term is from June 21 to August 31, 2018.
Rating: make a special trip, see it if you’re in the area or have some free time, see it only if you like this specific type of art
Those who were lucky enough to see My Eternal Soul last year might be disappointed by the museum because it is hard to compare to the size of the National Art Center. But is if you haven’t seen Kusama’s work before, this exhibition is definitely worth a special trip.