In 2013, the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo staged an exhibition for kids called “Ghosts, Underpants and Stars” (which is on the short list for best exhibition title ever).
This summer show up-ended “the normal, staid rules of the museum” to present an interactive and immersive environment for young children.
As a part of the exhibition, Torafu Architects designed a “haunted house,” really a topsy-turvy portrait gallery full of picture frames. Some of these frames served as doors to other rooms, some contained fun-house mirrors, and others displayed reproductions of classic art works that kids could engage with and manipulate.
Let’s not dismiss this space as kid’s stuff. The environment was clearly inclusive, but it was also clearly disruptive. The interactive use of reproduction displays a respect for art, but little reverence for the notion of an art canon.
These photos of the exhibition, by Fuminari Yoshitsugu, are effective metaphors for our culture’s current relationship to images. This cheeky little show says a lot about how art “haunts our house” in an age of infinite reproduction.