東京 – National Center of Art

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On March 1st, after having lunch with a friend, I walked to The National Center of Art and discovered they had an exhibition on Yayoi Kusawa, which was great because I had missed the London one (silly me!). This was my third museum of the week, and what a visit!yayoi kusama - exhibit (2)

The museum itself is absolutely beautiful, with a very modern and impressive architecture (let’s just say I went a little crazy with my camera), on 3 floors. There was also a calligraphy exhibition and the graduation exhibitions of 5 Tokyo art school, which was closing a few days later and was extremely impressive globally. I hope I have seen the works of some of the future great artists of Japan!

Location: Roppongi

Entrance fee: Yayoi Kusama: My Eternal Soul: 1600円 (£11.4), the building itself is free to enter.

Why go there?  To see an amazing building and one of the biggest exhibition places in Japan

Exhibition I have seen: Yayoi Kusama: My Eternal Soul

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About Yayoi Kusama: She is one of Japan’s most important artists, and at 87 she has been widely productive on a vast array of mediums, such as collage, paint, sculptures of various sorts and novels. She has been coping with mental disorder since she was a child, partly thanks to her art, which allows her to share her hallucinations. She has been institutionalised in Tokyo since 1977, creating her art in a studio nearby.

yayoi kusama - exhibit (10)There is something really moving in her art, and anyone who knows me would understand how much I love her coloured way to see the world. A big part of the exhibition could not be taken in picture, while some such as the big pumpkin outside and the 132 paintings from her series “My Eternal Soul” could only be taken with a phone.

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Even the trees outside had been “Yayoi Kusamaed” for the occasion!

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The rest of the exhibition was a retrospective that included about 8o various pieces such as her first paintings, phallic sculptures, excerpts of a film she had made for a festival where she was painting dots on naked people and various pictures of her.

In total, according to their website,  over 270 works are on display, which may seem a lot but does not feel like it, probably due to how prolific she is and the length of her career!

It is definitely a must-see if you are in Tokyo before May 22nd!

At the end of the exhibition, you were given some stickers to put in an – originally – white room.

Had I had space, I could have spent a lot of money in the shop, so light travelling is actually good for one thing! Also, the queue was HUGE and shown no sign of shrinking, so it was definitely not worth buying just a postcard.

When it comes to describing this awe-inspiring building, pictures are worth a thousand words, so here are a few out of the many I have taken.

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Bonus: My attempt at black and white pictures of the building:

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