What’s with the modernist building with the huge funky flowers out front? The building is the Matsumoto City Art Museum and the “flowers” are sculptures by local artist Yayoi Kusama. I had an opportunity to visit the museum and browse. Kusama’s work can be quite immersive and usually puts a smile on my face!
Yayoi Kusama – A living treasure
Born and raised in Matsumoto, Yayoi Kusama spent much of her early life and career in France and the US. During the 1960s she was a major fixture of “The Happening” art scene in New York City. Kusama returned to Japan in 1972. Since that time she has continued to garner greater and greater acclaim. Still a prolific artist in her 90s, her work is a collection of iconic and psychedelic imagery and sculpture. Today Yayoi Kusama is one of the most famous names in the contemporary art world.
Avant-garde more accessible than ever!
The Matsumoto City Art Museum houses Yayoi Kusama’s permanent collection, but also showcases many other contemporary artist’s works as well. Collections from famed painters, sculptors, photographers, fashion designers and cartoonists are all featured on a rotating basis. So there’s always something new to see on every visit!
Visit the Matsumoto City Art Museum
The museum is a short 15-minute walk from Matsumoto Station. Ample parking at the museum is available for visitors arriving by car. Bicycle rental at Matsumoto Station is also available.
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