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“Visual Deception U”at Bunkamura

Aug 29, 2014

Dear friends,

I had the chance to visit “Visual Deception U” with my family the other day. My kids are normally not so enthusiastic about visiting museums and art exhibitions but this one was different! They checked out the website by themselves and surprisingly asked me if they could go. Why in the world would a Mother want to kill their curiosity??? I arranged for the tickets right away

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Visual Deception U
Into the future

Sat. August 9 – Sun. October 5, 2014
* 9/8 closed

2-24-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku,
Tokyo 150-8507
Tel: 03-3477-9111 (switchboard)
In the history of art, the genre of “Trompe l'oeil,” with devices that play tricks on the spectators’ eyes, is a well-established feature. This exhibition is the sequel to the Visual Deception exhibition held in 2009, Trick Art Exhibition, which broadly traced the history of the genre. While the previous exhibition emphasized the historical development of the genre of Trompe l'oeil, this time we focus on the evolution of the techniques of illusion in modern art as it branches out into many different streams. We’ve chosen works that are visually interesting as well as excellent in terms of artistry. Also, we divided visual tricks into categories such as “trompe-l’oeil,” “shadows,” “op illusions,” “anamorphosis” and “metamorphosis”; we exhibit new approaches to modern “Trompe l'oeil” along with the achievements of the established masters.
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Naturally, I was not able to take pictures in the museum but I can assure you they were amazing! Kids were constantly asking me, “which part of this masterpiece is visually deceiving??”

We rented an “Audio-Guide” so that we would be able to get a better understanding of the masterpieces, which turned out to be a very good experience for the kids.

This is what my kids bought as a souvenir for themselves.
A pen that looks like an injector and a mechanical pencil

It is worth visiting even if you are not an artistic person!
Ciao, Elena


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