Count on Japanese innovation to produce a body-immersive experience unlike any other exhibition you’ve seen before. At teamLab Planets TOKYO, you’ll find four expansive spaces with seven works of art that can — quite literally — move you.
“I wanted this exhibition to be an artwork where the borders between our bodies and the artwork become ambiguous, a feeling of our own bodies becoming parts of the artwork itself, an artwork that would make us redefine our relations to the world,” says Toshiyuki Inoko, President and CEO of teamLab.
Within one year of its opening in 2018, teamLab Planets TOKYO welcomed more than 1.25 million visitors from 106 countries, surpassing the number of visitors for two of the world’s top three single-artist museums, the Picasso Museum in Barcelona and the Dali Theatre-Museum in Figueres, both in Spain. The number of passengers at Shin-Toyosu Station nearest teamLab Planets TOKYO also doubled after the museum’s opening. It’s easy to see why it’s so popular: It’s a fun, interactive introduction to art even for those who don’t see themselves as particularly artsy. It doesn’t hurt that the space is highly Instagrammable — it’s appeared in posts by social media behemoths like reality TV star Kim Kardashian West and model Cara Delevingne.
Visitors enter the museum barefoot and become fully immersed in the installations, seeing and feeling how the art affects their bodies and the people around them and, in turn, how they affect the art. In “Soft Black Hole – Your Body Becomes a Space that Influences Another Body,” for example, the space constantly shifts as people try to walk on the undulating surface; visitors become hyper-aware of the way they move, a reminder to be more mindful of the body. In “Drawing on the Water Surface Created by the Dance of Koi and People – Infinity,” you get to walk through water where computer-generated koi swim and cluster around you. “When you move, the fish flutter into flowers, adding to the fact that they start to swim all around your body,” explains Toshiyuki. “The most interesting fact of this artwork is that it’s all working under computer programming, and the reflection is always changing depending on people’s movements. You will then never see the same world twice again.” Even the flowers change depending on the season.
Located in Toyosu, the museum is conveniently situated for those who will be visiting Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics. The exhibition runs until Fall 2020.
teamLab Planets TOKYO is located at Toyosu 6-1 1-16, Koto-ku, Tokyo. Open Mondays to Thursdays from 10am to 7pm, Fridays from 10am to 9pm, Saturdays and the day before holidays from 9am to 9pm, and Sundays and holidays from 9am to 7pm. Tickets are priced at JPY3,200 (adults), JPY2,500 (university / specialized students), JPY2,000 (junior high school / high school students), JPY800 (children ages 4-12), JPY2,400 (seniors) and JPY1,600 (those with a disability certificate). planets.teamlab.art/jp/