Immersive Museum Offers Impressive Impressionist Fun This Summer In Tokyo
Be one with the blows.
Indoor digital mapping art exhibits have become a popular attraction in Japan, with its magical application of technology in the comfort of an air-conditioned space. But one recently opened in Tokyo’s Nihonbashi district that adds a touch of class to the special effects.
The immersive museum opened on July 8 at Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall in the Coredo Muromachi Building. Our writer Ninoude Punico was able to attend a preview of their first exhibition, celebrating impressionist works such as those of Monet and Renoir.
For added effect, the showroom is behind a black curtain which, when opened, dazzles guests with a display of vibrant colors.
Normally, when viewing paintings, immersing oneself in them involved a great concentration on the visitor. However, as the name suggests, the immersive museum does a lot of the heavy lifting for you and really lets you step inside these paintings.
Speaking of immersion, the colors even flow under your feet as you walk through the room, giving you a complete sense of being in the art.
The images also spill out around you from every angle, making you feel like you’ve been sucked into the world of painting.
The full display lasts approximately 30 minutes and is divided into eight parts based on different works. When Ninoude first entered the room, she was greeted by the Print, sunrise. Only he was alive and the waters of the painting flowed all around the room.
The colors and strokes seemed to fall apart as the various components came to life. This allowed Ninoude to better grasp the intricacies of painting and better appreciate them. Apart from being a beautiful display, she could learn more about the art and style behind it.
She felt compelled not only to look at the wall as one would at an art exhibition, but also at the floor, even while crouching down to see stunning effects and interesting details.
Classic art tends to have a tasteless image, but it can also be a good way to get kids involved. To help, entry to the immersive museum is free for elementary school students and young children, and it’s easily accessible with strollers.
Not only that, but children of primary school age and under will also receive a free picture book kitproduced with the collaboration of the magazine Very. Other than occasional moments of darkness and loud noises, nothing should scare small children too much.
The whole exhibit is really serene and since it’s all in one room, you don’t have to worry about kids getting lost. Hopefully they will get lost in the wonder of fine art.
Speaking of which, Ninoude often wanted to pull out her smartphone and record the sights and sounds, but that would only take her out of pure immersion. In fact, she felt going back there could be a whole new experience because with everything going on around her and below her, there was no way for her to capture it all in one visit.
The immersive museum will run from July 8 to October 29, and admission is 2,500 yen ($18) for adults and 1,500 yen for students ($11), from college to university. It’s a great way to refresh your mind and body during those hot summer months.
Address: Tokyo-to, Chuo-ku, Nihonbashimuromachi 2-2-1 Coredo Muromachi 1-5F
東京都中央区日本橋室町2-2-1 COREDO室町1 – 5F
Open: July 8 – October 29, 2022
Hours: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
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