If you could take a stroll under the swirling colours of Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night, would you? Well, now you can at the National Museum of China in Beijing.
Populist multimedia exhibits, just like the Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience in Beijing, are drawing in the crowds.
Art is being presented and experienced in a mind-blowing manner.
Thanks to the most recent virtual projection technology, visitors are now becoming a part of the spectacular, incomparable universe of art once they walk through the door of an exhibit.
It’s all about innovative “digital art” that combines projections, sound and carefully designed spaces to create other-worldly, immersive experiences, and Japan’s art collective teamlab has been leading the way with such futuristic exhibits.
Its recent work – “a digital forest” – at the Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore has also made its rounds on social media.
Here is a selection of exhibitions around Asia that combines art with cutting-edge digital technology to present a world filled with colours, dreams and imagination.
Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
Where: National Museum of China, Beijing, China
When: Ends Sept 22
The works of the post-Impressionist Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh is brought to life in this show, where images and elements from over 200 paintings are projected on the ceilings, walls and floor of the exhibition space. It includes a section of the exhibition where visitors can scan their own drawings or paintings, and see a digital version on a screen, and also put on virtual reality headsets to “visit” the places van Gogh used to frequent. The experience will let you discover the life of the artist in a new way: his time at the convent and in Arles, the secrets from the letters he wrote to his brother and much more. You will participate in a unique sound and light show, meant for the entire family. The 35-minute show is being staged inside a purpose-built rectangular box occupying a section of the third-floor corridor of the National Museum of China.
teamLab Future Park And Animals Of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives
Where: Gandaria City, Jakarta, Indonesia
When: Ends Dec 20
Need to visit one of the most Instagram-able digital shows in South-East Asia? This teamLab Future Park And Animals Of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives exhibit is where you need to be. The exhibition showcases the creation of teamLab in a shopping mall gallery in Jakarta. It’s no mere commercial job. This exhibit has all the features of teamlab’s best ultra-technology elements. Get up close to moving flowers and animals in five different live interactive installations in this show. This includes Sliding Through The Fruit Field, where you can make balls collide with fruits to make them grow; Graffiti Nature: Lost, Immersed and Reborn where an ecosystem hangs in a fine balance between sustenance and depletion; and Sketch Aquarium, which promises to be an endless source of entertainment and education as they project sea creatures of their creations onto a giant virtual aquarium, feed them, and touch them.
Where: Mori Building Digital Art Museum, Epson teamLab Borderless, Tokyo, Japan
When: Permanent exhibit
This museum houses a permanent exhibition based on the concept of borderless, experiential exhibits that interact with visitors and encourages them to engage with each other. Here, artworks move in and out of rooms, meld and merge with each other, and influence their outcomes. This is jointly operated by urban landscape developer Mori Building Co, Ltd and digital art collective teamLab, which has a few touring digital art shows around the world. If you cannot make it to Tokyo, there is a permanent teamlab exhibit called Future World: Where Art Meets Science at Singapore’s ArtScience Museum.
Where: River City Bangkok, Thailand
When: Starts Aug 8
This two-part multimedia feast, first featured From Monet To Kandinsky, bringing viewers on an exploration of the art world from the late 19th century to the early 20th century, an era of discovery and invention. Next up is the exhibition Italian Renaissance, a show specially designed and produced for River City Bangkok. It presents the works of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli and Raphael in HD projections, animated graphics and music. Like all mainstream exhibits, multiple activities will be staged over the exhibition: concurrent activities such as workshops, talks, as well as dance and musical performances to entertain and educate visitors.
Alice – Into The Rabbit Hole
Where: Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, Taipei, Taiwan
When: Ends Sept 25
This show is aimed at fans of Alice in Wonderland and the young at heart. Alice – Into the Rabbit Hole, a touring exhibition that showcases select chapters from the British classic with art installations, is taking place at Songshan Cultural Park in Taipei. The exhibition is presented by South Korea-based company Media & Art. It has attracted more than 300,000 people with its large-scale art installations and multimedia artworks. For celebrity endorsement, popular K-pop stars from groups such as BTS, Blackpink, Kara have also visited the exhibit. What’s not to like from beloved scenes from Lewis Carroll’s well-known children’s book Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland. Visitors – with a selfie habit – will have a blast, pretending to be the main character Alice. Time to experience the rabbit hole, pool of tears, looking glass, mad tea party, chessboard theatre and more.