In Living Color: A Yayoi Kusama Museum Is Coming

In Living Color: A Yayoi Kusama Museum Is Coming

Infinity rooms abound.

Infinity rooms abound.

Text: Christina Cacouris

For the 87-year-old Yayoi Kusama, the best is yet to come. Though she's been skyrocketed to superstardom over the past few years, thanks in part to special exhibitions showing her infamous Infinity mirrored rooms, the Japanese artist has also had a prolific career as a painter (among other mediums), and finally, she is receiving the ultimate honor for her artistic contributions: a museum dedicated solely to her. Opening in Tokyo in the Shinjuku neighborhood, the five-story building will house archival materials, a reading room, a floor dedicated to several of her famous installations, and two rotating exhibitions yearly.

Though the artist has long been recognized in her native Japan, Kusama's work has drawn millions of visitors to L.A.'s Broad Museum, who will wait hours in line for their 45-second timed entry into her Infinity Room, all to get the perfect Instagram selfie. (Or, from a less cynical viewpoint, a transcendent experience of art.) The Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. became so overwhelmed with visitors, one journalist wrote a survival guide to seeing the show, which is now showing at the Seattle Art Museum until September 10.

The Yayoi Kusama Museum opens October 1.

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