Legendary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is opening her own museum in Tokyo’s Shinjuku neighborhood.

Back in 2014, designer and architect Kume Sukkei created what would go on to be Ms. Kusama’s most impressive career move to date — her very own museum. The museum building was then kept under wraps for nearly four years before it was fully completed and announced to the public. With the help of the museum’s director, Tensei Tabata, who also works as the director of the Saitama Museum of Modern Art and as the president of Tama Art University, the space will be ready to open on October 1.

The museum is set in a five story building that will mostly hold original work by Yayoi Kusama, alongside two exhibitions that will change twice a year. The top floor will house many archived materials used to create some of the artist’s most known pieces, as well as a reading room for museum visitors. Another floor will be home to Kusama’s infamous infinity mirrored room along with other installations.

“Creation Is a Solitary Pursuit, Love Is What Brings You Closer to Art” is the title of the first show in the museum, running from Oct. 1 – Feb. 25. The show will display both recent works and selected pieces from Kusama’s “My Eternal Soul” collection. Tickets will be available beginning Aug 28 for around $7 USD. Tickets are predicted to go very quickly, so be sure to save the date.

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Words by Noah Thomas
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