Yayoi Kusama: World-renowned artist !

The Matsumoto City Museum of Art showcases the works of many Japanese artists who have been inspired by the city and its surroundings and holds a permanent exhibition of the world-renowned avant-garde artist, Yayoi Kusama.

Yayoi Kusama was born in 1929 and raised in Matsumoto. She struggled with hallucinations from an early age that would later inspire her art. In 1957 she moved to the United States. She began to draw attention as an aspiring artist within the New York City contemporary art scene. Later her acclaim would come from all around the globe. She returned to Japan in 1973. Her inner-most thoughts and feelings are expressed in a prolific collection of polka dotted works, net paintings, sculptures, print-making, performance art, videos and writings.

Yayoi Kusama has received numerous honors, including Japan’s Order of the Rising Sun’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Japan’s Person of Cultural Merit Award, and France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. She is the first Japanese woman to receive the Praemium Imperaile presented by the Imperial Family of Japan.

The Matsumoto City Museum of Art will first greet you with Kusama’s “Maboroshi no Hana” (The Visionary Flowers) an impressive open-air sculpture. Inside the museum you will experience many impressive and immersive works of art from Kusama and others.

Explore Yayoi Kusama and her art on display and discover more about the city where her pioneering journey began!