August 9, 2019
This summer marks the one-year anniversaries for art collective teamLab’s two museums in Tokyo: MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: teamLab Borderless (Odaiba, Tokyo; hereafter teamLab Borderless) and teamLab Planets TOKYO (Toyosu, Tokyo; hereafter teamLab Planets). In the one year since their openings, teamLab Borderless and teamLab Planets have seen a combined 3.5 million visitors. teamLab Borderless alone welcomed 2.3 million visitors within one year of opening, exceeding the number of attendees at the Van Gogh Museum in the Netherlands and setting a record number of visitors at a single-artist museum in one year. These visitors came from over 160 countries and regions around the world.
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teamLab Borderless and teamLab Planets are two museums dedicated solely to art by teamLab. teamLab Borderless is a world of ever-changing artworks without boundaries, a “museum without a map.” One year since its opening in June, 2018, the museum has seen approximately 2.3 million visitors from over 160 countries and regions worldwide. teamLab Planets is “a museum where you move through water.” Guests walk barefoot in the space and physically immerse their entire bodies in massive artworks. One year since its opening in July, 2018, the museum has welcomed over 1.25 million visitors from 106 countries and regions around the world.
When compared to the world’s three most-visited single-artist museums of 2018, both teamLab Borderless and teamLab Planets welcomed more visitors than the Picasso Museum in Barcelona, Spain (948,483 visitors), and the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres, Spain (1,105,169 visitors). The number of museum attendees at teamLab Borderless exceeds even those of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands (2,161,160 visitors), making it the world’s most-visited museum dedicated to a single artist. (*1).
Of the 2.3 million visitors to teamLab Borderless, approximately 50% come from overseas (*2), with most coming from the USA, followed by Australia, China, Thailand, Canada, and the UK, making it a museum that attracts not only visitors from neighboring countries, but those from far more distant regions as well. In addition, according to a survey conducted bythe museum, it appears that about 50% of the guests from overseas visited Tokyo in order to visit the museum (*3).
Of the 1.25 million visitors to teamLab Planets, approximately 30% come from overseas (*4), with the majority coming from the USA, followed by Hong Kong, Taiwan, the UK, and Australia.
*1 ”THE ART NEWSPAPER SPECIAL REPORT Art’s Most Popular: Exhibition and museum visitor figures 2018” The Art Newspaper. Number 311, April, 2019.
*2 teamLab Borderless Official Website, Ticket Purchasing Data (data obtained Feb 16 – June 7, 2019)
*3 teamLab Borderless Visitor Survey (conducted Oct 25 – Nov 2, 2018), 1,237 respondents
*4 teamLab Planets Official Website, Ticket Purchasing Data (data obtained March 1 – June 30, 2019)
teamLab (f. 2001) is an art collective, interdisciplinary group of ultratechnologists whose collaborative practice seeks to navigate the confluence of art, science, technology, design and the natural world. teamLab aims to explore a new relationship between humans and nature, and between oneself and the world through art. Click here for full bio.
teamLab is represented by Pace Gallery.