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Exhibit on Japanese artist Kusama set to draw huge crowds in Israel

First exhibit in Israel on the 92-year-old artist is fully booked through mid-February

Photo taken in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Oct. 31, shows Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama's work. An exhibition displaying her works will be held there from Nov. 15.   © Kyodo

TELAVIV (Kyodo) -- An upcoming exhibition in Israel dedicated to Yayoi Kusama, an internationally acclaimed Japanese avant-garde artist, is set to draw big crowds as more than 100,000 tickets have been sold ahead of its start on Monday.

"Yayoi Kusama: A Retrospective," the first exhibit in Israel on the 92-year-old artist, is already fully booked through mid-February, according to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art's website.

Due to its overwhelming popularity, the museum in central Israel is considering extending opening hours for the exhibit, which is set to run from Nov. 15 to April 23, museum officials said.

The show will display more than 200 works of one of the most popular and commercially successful artists, including her well-known repetitive imagery of polka dots, pumpkin sculptures and a mesmerizing mirror-based installation.

Suzanne Landau, one of the curators of the Kusama show, said the artist's works have both vigor and joy and can give bright hope to people who have been tormented by the novel coronavirus.

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