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Yayoi Kusama gallery to open in Tokyo's Shinjuku in October

Yayoi Kusama (Mainichi)

A gallery dedicated to the works of renowned avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama is set to open in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward in Oct. 1, her foundation announced on Aug. 10.

    The Kusama Yayoi commemorative art foundation, which is in charge of managing the 88-year-old Kusama's works, will also administer the new gallery. The building will have five stories plus a basement level, and host experiential art installations as well as a space for browsing archival materials, among other features.

    "I hope (the museum) will honor Ms. Kusama's achievements and also bring many people into intimate contact with her art," said Tama Art University President Akira Tatehata, 70, who is also chief of The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, and has been tapped to be the new gallery's curator.

    The opening exhibition will be centered on a series of Kusama's most recent works titled, "My Eternal Soul," and run until Feb. 25, 2018, after which plans call for two exhibitions per year plus a public lecture series.

    The gallery is set to be open weekly from Thursday to Sunday and on national holidays. Those planning a visit will have to buy tickets in advance from the gallery's website (scheduled to launch on Aug. 28) for one of four time slots, with each slot limited to a set number of visitors.

    Kusama was born in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture. Known for her polka dot motifs, her work has been exhibited in places across both Japan and the world. Kusama was awarded the Order of Culture in 2016.

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