Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, famous for her polka dots, pumpkins, and Infinity Rooms, first made a name for herself in the 1960s. And after collaborating with Louis Vuitton in 2023, she has become one of the world’s most famous living artists.
Kusama has exhibitions all around the globe, such as her Infinity Mirror Rooms in the Tate Modern in London, which has just now been extended until September 2023 due to popular demand. But arguably the best place to appreciate her work is in her home country of Japan.
Thai Airways’ destinations across Japan offer art enthusiasts not only different insights into the artist’s work, but also a veritable Kusama tour around the country, taking in many varied experiences.
Here’s how to take it all in.
Yayoi Kusama Museum
If you’re flying into Tokyo, start your pilgrimage at the awe-inspiring Yayoi Kusama Museum. The five-floor museum in the western suburb of Shinjuku Ward is entirely dedicated to the artist’s work, and holds some 600 exhibits. One floor is a dedicated Infinity Room, titled Pumpkins Screaming About Love Beyond Infinity. Others hold paintings and sculptures, while there are also temporary and changing exhibitions. The best thing about this museum is its reduced entry policy. Whereas everywhere else in the world you usually have to queue for a long time to then get a mere minute or so in her Infinity Rooms and have to fight off others to see her work up close, this museum has a strictly limited visitors’ admittance of 200 per day, with issued timeslots. So do book ahead.
Didn’t get a slot for the day? Head to MOMAT, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, which has examples in their permanent collection. Or, if you have a bit of time, take a 90-minute bus ride outside Tokyo to the Kurkku Fields, a foodie destination where you can learn to farm and cook; stay overnight to attend workshops and generally have food-related fun. More to the point: the farm also has a couple of quirky polka-dotted Kusama installations in their grounds.