Arguably, the most beautiful new building to grace the Tokyo skyline this year is the Yayoi Kusama Museum. The futuristic, five story, white, cylindrical tower is encircled with multi-story, geometric, glass cutouts, blending constructivist rigour and biomorphic grace. It unquestionably tops the list of current global art tourist destinations. But with limited admission, the chances of visiting this jewel in 2017 are growing slim.
Admission to the museum is limited to just six hours per day, Thursday through Sunday. Each day, four time slots are available lasting 90 minutes each. Fifty visitors are allowed for each time slot. That means no more than 800 visitors each week can tour the museum, or roughly as many visitors line up each morning hoping for admission to a typical Yayoi Kusama museum exhibition. Tickets for October and November are already sold out. Tickets for December admission went on sale on 1 October.
Voted the most popular artist in the world in 2014 by The Art Newspaper, Kusama is on a self proclaimed mission to save the world through love. Her practice is based on the concept of “self-obliteration” through repetition. As the principal focus of the Yayoi Kusama Foundation, the new museum intends to be the global centre for promoting understanding of these concepts, and the principal location for debuting new work by the artist.
Image caption: By Vagner Carvalheiro [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons