The first ever Art Aquarium Museum exhibition to be held on the western island of Shikoku is mesmerizing visitors with its bewitching displays of fish, lights and artwork.
The exhibition, held at a specially built venue on the west side of Kochi’s Otepia library complex, features 10 colorfully lit artworks in which some 10,000 goldfish — 60 species in all — swim. At Art Aquarium Museum shows, goldfish are seen in tanks of various shapes that are illuminated by projection mapping and other technology; 39 exhibitions have been held worldwide, attracting more than 10 million visitors in the process.
The Kochi exhibition’s most spectacular artwork is the “Taisei Hokan Goldfish Folding Screen,” inspired by Taisei Hokan — the 1860s restoration of Imperial Rule — in which local samurai Sakamoto Ryoma was involved. Goldfish swim in the approximately 8-meter-wide, folding screen-shaped tank on which a special painting is projected.