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Memories of My Soul, and in Search of Diverse Happinesses

Venue:Takaraso Hotel Duration:Dec 24, 2013 to Aug, 2015 (tentative) Open hours:11:00-15:00 (15 min) Reception opening hour:From 10:00 (advance booking essential) fee:1,000 yen (including tax)(including original badge)Over age 15 2014

From the moment one opened the door, one was enveloped by the special world of Yayoi Kusama. The visitor could spend a fascinating time, following the recollections of Yayoi Kusama’s soul in a room with a distinct air, where varied works from her past to present were gathered in a single place. The visitor encountered new works exclusive to the room, such as a pumpkin-relief work in the tokonoma alcove and a glass table with its other-worldly glow. During the festival, the hotel lobby transformed into a “polka dot café” with special Yayoi Kusama cups and menu items. There was even a unique Yayoi Kusama vending machine with socks and more.

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Yayoi Kusama


Yayoi Kusama is an avant-garde artist and novelist, born in Nagano Prefecture. She travelled to the US in 1957, where she showed her gigantic paintings, soft sculptures, and environmental sculptures using mirrors and illumination. In the latter half of the 1960s, she took on a number of projects in happenings, fashion and film. Her ingenious artwork and activity established her status as a shockingly avant-garde artist in the art world. After her return to Japan in 1973, she continued to exhibit her work both in Japan and abroad, exhibiting outdoor sculpture in locations around the world. Showing no signs of slowing down, she continues to be active internationally. She was awarded the 10th Yasei Jidai Magazine Novice Humanities Award in 1983 for her novel “The Hustler’s Grotto of Christopher Street.” In 2000, she was given the 50th Geijutsu Senshō Minister of Culture Award and was commended by Minister of Foreign Affairs. In 2003, she received the French L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and a commendation by the Governor of Nagano (Cultural Merit in the Academic Arts). Other awards include the 18th Praemium Imperiale Award for Painting, a Lifetime Achievement Award in America in 2006, and the Order of the Sacred Treasure. She was honored as a Person of Cultural Merit in 2009. She was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2012.

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