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Yayoi's Temple

In the heart of Tokyo, a new lighthouse lit up, inviting those who reach it to dive into the strange and explosive atmospheres of one of Japan's greatest contemporary artists, Yayoi Kusama.

by the Nanban Team

In the heart of Tokyo, a new lighthouse lit up, inviting those who reach it to dive into the strange and explosive atmospheres of one of Japan's greatest contemporary artists, Yayoi Kusama.

Another point in space, which adds to infinite others drawn in a lifetime. With the only difference that this dotted point on Tokyo map spreads over five floors, hosting another decent amount of dots too. This and more is the new museum just inaugurated in the Japanese capital, dedicated to the vast work of the legendary Yayoi Kusama.

Fled to New York City on her 28th birthday, leaving behind the hometown of Matsumoto in the Nagano Prefecture, Yayoi Kusama has developed across the 60s and the 70s her aesthetics, which has always been around the theme of dots, a pattern initially resulting from hallucinations caused by the abuses suffered by her mother when she was still an adolescent. Visions that still torment her today - since her return to Japan in 1973 she lives spontaneously and is cured in a psychiatric clinic - and that translates into visionary and often colorful works, which also decline into spaces that can be experienced and visited.

Having reached the remarkable age of 88, the unquestionable summit of the contemporary Japanese artistic movement has thus allowed herself to build a temple for her art, her obsessions and the universe in which she lives into everyday; a space from which to disseminate her message of peace and love, of which she has always been a standard bearer.

The museum, located in the Shinjuku ward, within easy reach of the artist's studio, will be accessible by booking only to a small number of visitors: two hundred per day, divided into four slots, which can dive themselves for 90 minutes into Kusama’s world, starting with big paintings, passing through fields of lights and ending with the well-known dotted pumpkins.

"A space from which to disseminate her message of peace and love, of which she has always been a standard bearer"

Each year there will be several lectures and two exhibitions, the very first of which, entitled "Creation is a Solitary Pursuit, is what brings you to Closer to Art", has two sections: the first, My Eternal Soul consists of one collection of great acrylic paintings begun in 2009; the second, Love Forever, is a set of 50 silk-screen designs of pen and, again, an extraordinary hymn to love.

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