As we travel, often for work, but also for pleasure, we always visit exhibitions and museums. Beyond our own projects, we never cease to seek inspiration from artists and other designers around the world. Here are a few experiences that stood out to us for their originality, impressive architecture, and timely themes, in no particular order. Check them out this summer if you can!
"The collection of artifacts and musical instruments at The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains at the Victoria and Albert Museum was incredible. I was surprised to notice that in one of the videos included in the exhibition, David Gilmour is wearing Montreal Canadiens jersey! As for the Victoria and Albert itself, the architecture and the scale of the museum is also very impressive. The London exhibition has ended, but it opens in Dortmund, Germany this fall.
Also in London, I had a great time at the British Museum, with its infinite collection of surprising artifacts. The permanent exhibition on the Parthenon in Greece is fascinating, with sculptures and grand architectural artefacts that make you reflect on life in Greece 2,500 years ago. I was also very impressed by the section on ancient Egypt its dozens of mummies."
"One of the best visitor experiences that I’ve had recently was at the New York Transit Museum's temporary exhibit about the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and how they’ve faced many crisis over the last few decades. It was called Bringing Back the City: Mass Transit Responds to Crisis and it dealt with the September 11th attacks, a massive blackout in 2003 that paralyzed the city, and several extreme weather events like the Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and a blizzard in 2010. It was divided into 4 themes: Response, Rescue, Readiness, and Resilience, and featured photos and many artifacts. What I found most interesting, however, were the video interviews with employees at all levels talking about the events in general and from their point of view. The scenography graphic design put each event in context, but it was these super touching and captivating interviews that made it personal. It was really a impressive exhibit."
“I recently saw the TeamLab exhibition "Au-delà des limites" at Grande Halle of the Villette de Paris featuring large-scale interactive video mapping, creating a form of Japanese poetry where dreamlike tableaus intertwine. My children ran towards the walls to “crush” images of white crows scrolling from one room to another, while other visitors spent twenty minutes lying on the ground watching the flowers grow around them. Overall, a cool experience.”
“I recently visited the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which I would describe simply as 'soul food through art'. Upon arrival, I rented a iPad, which I used as my navigation device throughout the twelve galleries displaying art works from various regions. The guide featured images of the pieces in question, along with a short voice over and description, highlighting information such as country of origin, date, and context within that era.
What I thought would be a two-hour journey through the galleries turned out to be a seven-hour stay at the Louvre Abu Dhabi! I was mesmerized by the displays and descriptions, with each gallery offering a different impressive work of art. The works on display were magnificent and the way in which they were displayed and communicated made it all the more engaging. Specifically, I really enjoyed the navigation through the galleries and the way in which they were explained. The scripts were well written, understandable and very informative about the intricacies of the works.”
“This an expo I visited in Japan, it was extraordinary…we didn’t want to leave! It was truly a magical experience. Sound and images come together to form otherworldly environments by taking over the floors, ceilings, and walls. The artwork is constantly in evolution and interacts with visitors, creating completely unique and unexpected experiences. Everything is anchored in Japanese themes such as water / ocean, earth / topography, light / air, and vegetation / flower blossoms. It also features nods to ancient and contemporary Japanese culture with the reinterpretation of Hokusai’s ‘The Great Wave’, and the use of video game representations in the ‘Athletics Forest’.”
— Jayson Johnstone, Strategy and Business Development, Analyst
Visit TeamLab’s Borderless
Permanent Exhibition at the Mori Building Digital Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan
"The Science Museum, in London, is a world-class institution with a rich collection of science and tech artifacts — from planes, trains, and automobiles, for instance, to the Apollo 10 Command Module and early Russian supercomputers — and an inspiring set of permanent and temporary galleries spanning the subjects from mathematics to clockmaking to flight to superbugs.
A special gallery called the Wonderlab invites younger visitors and their families into a world of hands-on discovery on subjects as diverse as science itself. I particularly loved the Wonderlab’s solar system installation, which combines a rotating floor with large-scale representations of Earth, the sun, and the moon, all constantly in motion, and plenty of space for kids to run and climb throughout!"
— Jeremy Taylor, Content Director
Visit the Wonderlab
Permanent Gallery at the Science Museum in London, UK
“This massive new museum opened on Washington D.C’s Mall in 2016 and admissions have been consistently sold out since then — I was very curious to see it for myself. The three floors in the building’s basement take a history-based approach, exploring the complex story of slavery and freedom beginning in 15th century Africa and Europe, all the way to the USA’s transformation during the Civil War and Reconstruction. The building’s top floors explore African American communities and culture.
This museum is dense. There are many stories to tell and many truths to bring to light. It was interesting for me to see a museum that adopted an approach of content density. I tend to favour the “less is more” approach when it comes to museum exhibitions, but in this case, I was struck by the realization that density in content conveyed just how many African-American stories needed to be told. This museum is definitely worth a visit.”
“I recently took an incredible guided tour organized by the Berliner Unterwelten (Berliner Underworlds Association) entitled 'From Flaktowers to Mountains of Debris', where we got to visit an abandoned Nazi bunker in the heart of Berlin. I also visited the Stasi Museum, featuring impressive photography, such as that of a man with the phrase “I am only free when I dream” tattooed on his back. In both cases, I was really happy to visit such historical locations.”
“This place was cool! It had great experimentation spaces that allowed for hands-on learning in fun and unexpected ways. There was a nice injection of larger scenographic elements and a separation of spaces that gave the environment vibrancy — injecting a feeling of fun, and encouraging exploration.”
— James Pappadopoulos, Strategy & Development Senior Director