Despite operating for only three years, Tokyo’s digital interactive museum teamLab has just been named the most visited museum in the world, successfully beating popular art museums that have long been founded.
teamLab was given this distinction by the Guinness World Records which reported that the museum received a record-breaking total of 2,198,284 visitors in 2019 alone. To compare, the Van Gogh Museum in the Netherlands saw 2,134,778 visitors in that same year, while the Picasso Museum and the Dali Theatre-Museum in Spain received 1,072,887 and 819,542 guests respectively.
teamLab is an interdisciplinary group of artists formed in 2001 in Tokyo, Japan and who refer to themselves as “Ultra-technologists.” The group consists of artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians, and architects. They opened the Mori Building Digital Art Museum: Epson teamLab Borderless in June 2018 which has gained worldwide attention for its unique, Instagrammable exhibits. It was even named one of Time Magazine’s “World’s Greatest Places in 2019” and attracted many celebrity visitors like Will Smith and Kim Kardashian.
“teamLab has been using digital technology to create art since 2001, and our work is based on the concept of collaborative creation. We are honoured to be recognised by Guinness World Records as the most visited museum in the world, and we hope this experience will help us further explore new perceptions of how we relate to the world,” a representative of the collective said about the merit in a statement.
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