CAMK NEWS YAYOI KUSAMA-Sailing the Sea of Infinity 29 April-3 July 2005
It was our great pleasure to present an exhibition of Yayoi Kusama who has always been at the forefront of contemporary art for half a century.
Yayoi Kusama was born in Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture in 1929. In 1957 when she was in her twenties, Kusama moved by herself to the USA where her artistic talent came into full bloom. She quickly elicited great admiration with her “infinity net” paintings, and as an originator of “soft sculpture” using objects such as furniture pieces and boats covered by cloth protrusions. In the 1960s, the name “Yayoi Kusama” came to be widely known beyond the art world by her trailblazing installations and performances. After 1973 when she returned to Tokyo, Kusama has kept on amazing art lovers with her remarkable activities at home and abroad, in particular since the 1980s. Her solo exhibition celebrated the opening of the Center for International Contemporary Arts in New York in 1989. Japan was represented by her exhibition in the 45th Venice Biennale in 1993.
Kusama has always been trying to cross the borders between “art and life” or “art and society” with her vision arising from her mind, to restore the world filled with sturdy liveliness from microcosm to macrocosm. In today’s world where our surroundings have been thoroughly fragmented and systematized, Kusama’s art will open our eyes to something that can never be fragmented- love, life, and the Universe.
The exhibits include Kusama’s magnificent paintings and sculptures after the 1980s, recent installations of light and objects, as well as earlier masterpieces. The exhibition is going to travel to five cities with varying concepts and structures, subtitled respectively, Eternity-Modernity in Tokyo and Kyoto, Eight Places for Burning Soul in Hiroshima, Sailing the Sea of Infinity in Kumamoto, and The Place for My Soul in Matsumoto. We hope the viewer can enjoy the world of Kusama’s art.
Museum hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (No one will be admitted after 7:30 p.m.)
Closed: Tuesday (We are opening on Tuesday May 3 for the national holiday)
Entrance fees:
Adult: 1000yen (800yen) * University / High school students: 500yen (400yen)*
Junior high/ elementary school students: 300yen (200yen)*
Junior high/ elementary school students in Kumamoto city: FREE
*Parentheses indicate reduced price for groups of 20 or more.
"Yayoi Kusama" Lecture Series
Time: 14:00-15:30
Place: CAMK Home Gallery (free of charge)
29 April (Fri.): 1.[Yayoi Kusama: Sailing the Sea of Infinity ]
Hiroshi Minamishima (CAMK Director)
30 April (Sat.): 2.[Yayoi Kusama in New York]
Yoshiko Honda (CAMK Curator)
15 May (Sun.): 3.[Kusama's literary works]
Kodama Kanazawa (CAMK Assistant Curator)
22 May (Sun.): 4.[Yayoi Kusama after the 1980s]
Haruko Tomisawa (CAMK Assistant Curator)
Yayoi Kusama Film’s Showing

Time: 25&26 June (Sat.&Sun.) , 18:30-19:10
Place: CAMK Home Gallery (free of charge)
"Kusama's Self-Oblitaration" 1968, directed by Yayoi Kusama
*No Minor Admitted to see the film


Workshop for Mother's Day

Make your original scarf! It would be best for the Mother’s Day’s present.
Time: 8 May (Sun.), 14:00-15:30
Place: Kids' Factory
Cost: about 600 yen
Participants must be elementary school students or older.
We can only accept 15 people. (registration is necessary)

Workshop for Father's Day
Don’t you make curry plate for your family? Enjoy the curry dinner with your family using the self-made plates!
Time: 5&14&28 May: 2 p.m.-5 p.m. (Making Curry Plates)
19 June (Father's Day) 5:30 p.m.-
(Curry Dinner at the museum restaurant)
Place: Kids' Factory
Cost: about 600 yen for one plate
*Separately cost for the curry at the restaurant.
We can only accept 5 fathers. (registration is necessary)
Workshop for adults:
Moku-Moku (Thursdays) Workshop

We are making ceramics on the theme of every exhibition.
Vol.18[incense burner]:12&26 May, 9 June
Vol.19[flowerpot]: 23 June, 7&21 July
Place: Kids' Factory
Time: 14:00-17:00
We can only accept 10 people each time.
Cost:500-800 yen
Place: Kids' Factory
Instructor: Risa Yamamuro
[CAMK Thursdays Workshop Leader]

Gallery tours
On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, there are gallery tours at 3 p.m.(the days of lectures at 4 p.m.)
Monday Movies

Weekly screenings of various cinematic masterpieces
Monday afternoon and evenings at 15:00.-, 18:00-
Place: Art Loft (free of charge)

18 April The Phantom of Opera
25 April Easter Parade
2 May On the Town
9 May Lola Montes
16 May Rebel without a Cause
  (111min./1955/USA )
23 May The Time Machine
30 May Bande a Part
6 June Willy Wonka &The Chocolate Factory
13 June* Amarcord
20 June Good Morning Babilonia
27 June* Todo sobre mi madre
*Both days will be presented by the Kamitori Fan Club.
Friday Jam Concert

Live concerts taking place every Friday 18:30-
Place: Home Gallery or Art Loft (free of charge)

29April coet cocoeh(piano)
6 May Goshiro Kineya/Kodo Tsurugi(Japanese music)
13May Tomohiro Yasuda(bamboo flute)
20May Kentaro Watanabe/Michie Ide(guiter & vocal)
27May SPINSTER/Vendredi(gospel)
3 June
La nova voce(chorus)
10June Chiemi Sato(clarinet)
17June Hiroshi Iwai(double bass)
24June MVS CHOIR(gospel)
1 July Sachiko & Yuki(piano & vocal)
For more details, please contact the museum's curatorial section
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto
2-3 Kamitori-cho, KumamotoCity, 860-0845 Japan
TEL/+81-96-278-7500 FAX/+81-96-359-7892
Art Works
Hi,Konnichiwa (Hello)!
Hi,Konnichiwa (Hello)! 2004,
Installation at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
Narcissus Garden
Narcissus Garden 1966/2000
The Heart of the Universe
The Heart of the Universe 2002/2004
Fireflies on the Water
Fireflies on the Water 2000
Installation View in Tokyo
The Moment of Regeneration, 2004,
Installation at National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

Yayoi Kusama : Sailing the Sea of Infinity
Organizer KumamotoCity, Kumamoto Art and Cultural Promotion Foundation,
Kumamoto Nichinichi Press, Kumamoto Kenmin TV

Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto
2-3 Kamitori-cho, Chuou-ku, Kumamoto city, 860-0845 Japan
TEL/+81-96-278-7500 FAX/+81-96-359-7892 E-mail/

Copyright (C) Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto. All Rights Reserved.