Lingering Dream 1949 © YAYOI KUSAMA




Thursday, March 3, 2022 - Sunday, August 28, 2022

All tickets must be purchased in advance online. Entry is timed and only valid for a specific 90 minute time-slot.
Please purchase tickets in advance from here.

 The source of Yayoi Kusama’s creative drive comes from a place that is deeply personal, as such, they are embodiment of her childhood hallucinatory experiences and visions overflowing from her inner world. In the early 1950s, shortly after her debut as an artist, Kusama received high reputation from art experts such as art critic, Shuzo Takiguchi and painter, Nobuya Abe. Kusama's works, which are free from any constraint, already showed outstanding originality at that time. At the same time, her works which are “all about my [her] inner issues” reveal common features with Surrealism, which focus on infinitely expanding imagination free from rational thoughts and expressions, as well as internal imagery.
 In this exhibition, we introduce Kusama's diverse works reminiscent of Surrealism, which portray images overflowing from her inner world and struggles in her mind as they really are. The exhibition includes two-dimensional works from the beginning of her artistic career, which use various materials and techniques, such as Nihonga (Japanese-style painting), oil painting, watercolor, and pastel. Other featured works include three-dimensional works presenting a consistent manifestation of images exemplified through the accumulation of organic forms, and an installation piece based on her hallucinatory experiences. Her latest large-scale series of acrylic paintings, My Eternal Soul, depict visions that come to her mind as she moves her brush. Please enjoy Kusama's richly diverse creations derived from images in her mind that never cease to proliferate from her early days to the present.

L: Corpses 1950

R: I'm Here, but Nothing 2000
Installation view at Matsumoto City Museum of Art, Nagano 2018



Yayoi Kusama Museum is closed from August 29, 2022 to October 6, 2022 to prepare for the upcoming exhibition.

Regarding on NFT works circulating on the blockchain network "KUSAMA"

Please note that the blockchain network "KUSAMA," the NFT platforms such as "Singular" that sell NFT works using the blockchain network "KUSAMA," the NFT works circulating on those NFT platforms, and any other projects related to the blockchain network "KUSAMA" have nothing to do with Yayoi Kusama. Please note that all those projects are in no way related to Yayoi Kusama, nor are they licensed by her or the Yayoi Kusama Foundation in any way.
Yayoi Kusama
Yayoi Kusama Foundation

Regarding an NFT sale case of JNCA using Yayoi Kusama's name and image of Kusama’s artwork (March 15, 2022 update)/ 關於近期JNCA使用草間彌生名義以及草間彌生作品製成NFT商品并計劃進行銷售的行爲的聲明(2022年3月15日更新)

Please be advised that Yayoi Kusama and Yayoi Kusama Foundation are in no way affiliated with JNCA (Japan NFT Culture Association). The NFT products created by JNCA using Yayoi Kusama's name and image of Kusama’s artwork are in no way associated with Yayoi Kusama or Yayoi Kusama Foundation. The copyright of the artwork used to create the NFT products belongs to Yayoi Kusama. Yayoi Kusama has never licensed or granted any kind of permission to JNCA regarding any kind of use of this artwork. Similarly, the permission to use the logo of Yayoi Kusama Museum, regardless of whole or part, has never been granted to JNCA.
Yayoi Kusama
Yayoi Kusama Foundation


Yayoi Kusama Museum’s measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 infection

To ensure the safety of all visitors and our employees, Yayoi Kusama Museum takes several measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 infection. Please read the following instructions before your visit. We appreciate your cooperation to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Considering the situation, further changes might be made. Please check our website for any updates before your visit.

[Our measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 infection]

  • · All of our employees will have their body temperature checked when they report to work. Museum staff will wear masks (some of the staff will also wear gloves) while they are in the museum. Welcoming staff will wear face shields.
  • · Plexiglass barriers are installed in front of the cash register.
  • · The museum is cleaned and sanitized frequently, especially doors, handles, elevator and lavatories.
  • · To reduce the density of visitors, number of visitors in one admission slot (90 minutes) is reduced.
  • · To prevent the spread of the COVID-19 infection, some of the facilities in the museum will be out of service.

[When you are in the museum]

  • · Please practice social distancing during your visit. Please follow the signs on the floor when queueing.
  • · You may need to wait before entering the museum, or any particular part of the museum. Please keep an appropriate distance from each other and follow the instructions from our staff when waiting.
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  • · When shopping, please sanitize your hands before touching the goods. Cashless payment is recommended.

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Yayoi Kusama Foundation collaborates with Veuve Clicquot

Yayoi Kusama has designed a limited edition gift box and a limited edition flower sculpture for La Grande Dame 2012 of Veuve Clicquot. Read more