Designed for infants and pre-schoolers, a pop-up exhibit at the Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art gives kids a chance to bend museum rules.
Unless it is expressly for children, contemporary galleries and museums tend to be rather dull for kids. But an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, encourages children to touch the art, run around and interact in a way that is unusual for an adult art space.
The exhibition, entitled, Ghosts, Underpants, and Stars features a haunted house section where kids can interact with eerie paintings with moving eyes, crawl through a black canvas that reveals a tunnel and also take turns behind the scenes, spooking other guests. Conceived by Torafu Architects, the designers explained the concept:
This exhibition invites young visitors to consider the paradox of the rules of the museum, such as ‘Don’t Run’, ‘Don’t Touch’ or ‘Keep Quiet’ by allowing behavior normally forbidden in museums. We aimed to create a “Haunted Play House” that can not only spook visitors, but also engage them more actively while stimulating their imagination.
Click through the gallery to see the unusual exhibit: