Monet I can see the Lights exhibition, world premiere in Grand Gallery Tokorozawa

Information for the next exhibition at the grand gallery of the Kadokawa Musashino Museum: an immersive Monet 360 degree digital art exhibition. “Monet: I can see the lights – An Immersive Journey” is the fourth in the series of immersive art exhibitions at Kadokawa Culture Museum and the first screening of the Monet exhibition, in this form, in the world.

Kadokawa Musashino Museum is also known as Kadokawa Culture Museum or Kadcul for short. The grand gallery is on the 1st (ground) floor of the Kadokawa Culture Museum in Tokorozawa Sakura Town, Japan’s hippest entertainment town! To date they have had three 360-degree installations, Ukiyo-e Theater from Paris, Immersive Van Gogh and most recently Salvador Dali Endless Enigma. All were highly successful. More than 240,000 people visited the Van Gogh exhibition. And this summer Kadcul will have their fourth experiential digital art theater that immerses you in a huge 360-degree video space. The Monet: I can see the lights – An Immersive Journey promises to be an exhibition worth your while going to see.

Kadokawa Culture Museum Grand Gallery

Kadokawa Musashino Museum is just one of the many offerings at Saitama’s trendiest entertainment town: Tokorozawa Sakura Town. It is part of the Cool Japan Forest Project, an initiative between Kadokawa Corporation and Tokorozawa city. Kadokawa Corporation are one of the largest publishing companies in Japan. They are known for their manga magazines in particular. Manga features greatly in the new complex.

But there is more to the Kadokawa museum than manga, with several other facilities including the grand gallery on the first floor. There are several other exhibition areas in the museum. For example, on the third floor you can find the EJ Anime Museum. A new exhibition should start there in July. Currently (June 2024) Tatsuo Takayama exhibition at the Edit and Art Gallery on the fourth floor of the museum.

You can find a floor by floor guide to the Kadokawa Museum here. Apart from the Kadokawa Culture / Musashino museum there is the Cool Japan shrine, restaurants, shops, event space and in the neighboring park there is also a TeamLab “Acorn Forest” permanent outdoor exhibition. There was an ‘EJ Anime Hotel’ too, but unfortunately it closed earlier this year.

Monet: I can see the lights – An Immersive Journey

Walk, feel, and bathe in Monet’s world! The previous immersive exhibitions at Kadcul had already toured in other countries before coming to Japan. But the Monet I can see lights exhibition will be debuted in Japan. Here is your chance to witness the world premiere. In this exhibition, they trace the places Monet visited in his life. See the world he saw and get a glimpse into his life in Giverny, his last home. In addition to video exhibits, there will also be an area to learn about Monet. There they explain about the evolution of Impressionist exhibitions, the themes Monet painted, his “series” technique, as well as the influence of Japonisme.

The Kadokawa Musashino Museum Grand Gallery is an “experience-based digital art theater” that completely fills more than 1,100 square meters with images and music. It allows the visitor an entirely immersive experience, where you step into the art and stories. It is a completely innovative visual experience that combines 32 high-brightness projectors and seamlessly connects all walls and floors is unique to Kadokawa Musashino Museum, providing a special time and space that can be shared, unlike movies or VR.

Official event web page


Information

Exhibition: Monet: I Can See the Lights – An Immersive Journey モネ イマーシブ・ジャーニー 僕が見た光

Exhibition Dates

From Saturday July 20th 2024 to Sunday January 19th 2025, except some Tuesdays (see below)

Hours

The museum is closed on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesdays of the month. Exhibition hours are from 10 am to 6 pm from Sunday to Thursday. On Fridays and Saturdays the museum is open until 9 pm. (Last entry is 30 minutes before closing time everyday).

Cost

Tickets cost 2500 yen for adults, 2000 yen for teenagers and 1300 yen for elementary aged school children. There is no charge for preschoolers. It is highly recommended to purchase tickets in advance online.

Phone number: 0570-017-396. They man the phone from 2 pm to 5 pm on weekdays only.

All images, unless stated otherwise, are from the official website

Access

The Kadokawa Musashino Museum Grand Gallery is a ten minute walk from Higashi Tokorozawa station. The museum is about 3.6 kilometers from the Tokorozawa Interchange of the Kanetsu expressway. Parking is available – it costs 200 yen for 30 minutes, but capped at 600 yen on weekdays and 1800 yen on weekends.

Previous displays at the Grand Gallery

  • Kengo Kuma exhibition, which was the very first exhibition in the Grand Gallery of the Kadokawa Museum
  • Yokai Pandemonium exhibition
  • The first experiential digital art theater: Ukiyo-e theater from Paris, the Spirit of Japan from October 2021 to Golden week 2022
  • The second experiential digital art theater: Van Gogh, This is How I see the world from Saturday June 18th to Monday January 9th 2023 (Extended due to popularity from Sunday November 27th).
  • TAGUKORE: Dunno A Thing About Art (But I like it) タグコレ 現代アートはわからんね From Saturday February 4th to Sunday May 7th 2023
  • Unveiling Tutankhamen: The Pharaoh’s Timeless Adolescence from Saturday July 1st to Public Holiday Monday November 20th 2023
  • The third experiential digital theater: Salvador Dali Endless Enigma from December 20th 2023 until May 31st 2024.

These are just the exhibitions that previously featured on this blog. As these exhibitions are no longer live, they were removed from the blog. Last republish June 2024.

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