Want to Visit the Yayoi Kusama Museum in Tokyo? Here’s How to Get Tickets!

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  • If you don’t know who Yayoi Kusama is, you either have been living under a rock, or you’ve seen her work and just don’t know her name. She is a famous Japanese artist who has recently opened a museum in Tokyo. However, due to the popularity of her unique artworks, it’s very difficult to get in. Find out more about Yayoi Kusama, her work, and how to get tickets to the Yayoi Kusama Museum here!

    Yayoi Kusama

    Currently 88 years old, Kusama’s pieces are based on conceptual art and show characteristics of feminism, minimalism, surrealism, pop art, and abstract expressionism. Along with being an artist, Kusama is also a poet, novelist, director, and fashion designer.

    One of Kusama’s works that brought attention to her was “Happening,” wherein she painted bright polka dots on people’s bodies. Ever since, many of her works have featured these bright colored polka dots, especially her famous gigantic pumpkins, and have become an identifying characteristic of her art.

    Another famous series of Kusama is her infinity mirror rooms. These kaleidoscopic installations create an infinite, space-like experience for those who enter it. There are more than 20 infinity mirror room exhibits worldwide, with many in the US, in cities such as New York and Los Angeles.

    Yayoi Kusama Museum

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    In October 2017, the Yayoi Kusama Museum opened in Shinjuku, Tokyo. The fact that Kusama had a museum built for her work while still being active is no easy feat.

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    It is planned for there to be two different exhibitions a year, and the inaugural exhibition happening from October 1, 2017, to February 25, 2018, is titled, “Creation is a Solitary Pursuit, Love is What Brings You Closer to Art.” This particular exhibition is based on her “My Eternal Soul” series which is her newest retrospective series that she began back in 2008.

    Other works on display are from her series titled, “Love Forever,” which is a group of black and white drawings that became the foundation of her “My Eternal Soul” series. There will also be a new installation piece that Kusama made especially for this museum, as well as a new one of her brightly colored polka dot pumpkins.

    Getting In

    Now that you’re all hyped up to see this amazing exhibition, you might be wondering how to go. Unfortunately, that’s the hard part. Due to the unsurprisingly high popularity of the Yayoi Kusama Museum and the limited number of tickets, getting in is extremely hard. In fact, tickets for the whole duration of the inaugural exhibition are all sold out!

    The museum is only open from Thursdays to Sundays and on national holidays. Admission to the museum is divided into four time slots, each 90 minutes long: 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:00 PM, and 3:30 PM. There are only 70 tickets available for each time slot, and the price is 1,000 yen for adults and 600 yen for children aged 6 to 18. Keep in mind that this is not a national-sized museum but one dedicated to a single artist, hence the small number of people allowed inside at once.

    Tickets for the month after the next go on sale on the first day of the current month. For instance, tickets for February 2018 were sold on December 1, 2017.

    The museum will be closed for the whole month of March 2018 in order to prepare for the next exhibition and will reopen in April 2018. Tickets for the new exhibit will then be available at 10:00 AM (JST) on February 1, 2018 via the museum’s ticketing website. Previous tickets sold out within minutes after the selling began, so make sure to be on the website as soon as the clock strikes 10 on the first of the month.

    There may come a day that the tickets won’t sell out as quickly, but considering Kusama’s enormous popularity, I doubt that day will come anytime soon, so better get on that website and try your luck at some tickets.

    Yayoi Kusama Museum Website

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