Visionary Colors


Thursday, November 9, 2023 - Sunday, March 24, 2024

All tickets must be purchased in advance online. Entry is timed and only valid for a specific 90 minute time-slot.
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In recent years, Yayoi Kusama’s paintings have featured a diverse range of color contrasts, such as copper with light blue in lines that depict the entire universe, surprising viewers with their novel expressions. This exhibition showcases representative series from her early period to the present, tracing the evolution of Kusama’s distinctive color expressions throughout her artistic career.

In Kusama’s early representative work Lingering Dream created in 1949, viewers can observe dark yet surreal colors. However, after moving to the United States in 1957 and embarking on new artistic expressions, Kusama chose ascetic color schemes in pursuit of the effect of ‘self-obliteration.’ She created paintings with repeating patterns such as monochrome nets and three-dimensional works where entire surfaces were filled with a single color. In the collages and drawings of the small works produced in the 1970s upon her return to Japan, a rich and poetic use of colors emerged. Simultaneously, in her net paintings, she began to produce many variations in the contrast between the background color and drawn lines. This expression evolved into intense color representations, some inducing optical dizziness, throughout the 1980s and 1990s. This development was further amplified in her three-dimensional works and immersive installation pieces. In her recent works, while some are vibrant and optimistic paintings brimming with primary colors and hope, there are also pieces employing a lot of black, reflecting thoughts of suicide. These diverse color expressions appear to flicker and transform rapidly, as if contrasting the light and shadow of Kusama's inner world.

R: Tower 1998
Installation view at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo 1999

L: Summer Comes to a Hat 1979
R: I'm Here, but Nothing 2000/2022
Installation view at YAYOI KUSAMA MUSEUM 2022



Yayoi Kusama Museum is closed from Monday, February 27, 2023 to Friday, April 28, 2023 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