February 14, 2022, San Francisco —
With more than 150,000 visitors already (despite pandemic reduced capacity) and tickets selling out weeks in advance, the Asian Art Museum will extend its exclusive presentation of teamLab: Continuity to February 28, 2022. Originally slated to close February 14, this is the first time in the museum’s history that an exhibition has been extended due to its popularity.
This unprecedented two-week extension includes limited-time-only expanded hours of operation to satisfy heightened visitor demand, with special hours starting February 17: Thursday 12pm-9pm; Friday 9am-7pm (members only 9am-10am; 6pm-7pm); Saturday 9am-9pm (members only 9am-10am); Sunday 9am-6pm (members only 9am-10am); Monday 9am-6pm. The museum is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Advance reservations are strongly recommended as walk-up availability is extremely limited.
In addition to high ticket demand, audiences are discovering that teamLab’s digital wonderlands are the perfect experiences to share on social channels with friends, family, and followers. The volume of messages being posted about the Asian Art Museum on social media has been striking: up 34% since teamLab: Continuity opened in July, 2021. Engagement (liking, commenting, and sharing of posts) on the museum’s Instagram and Facebook has increased 192% and content about the Asian Art Museum exhibition has been seen close to 250 million times on these channels.
“With its blend of jaw-dropping aesthetics and technological sophistication, it’s no wonder Bay Area art lovers of all ages have responded so ardently to teamLab: Continuity,” says Dr. Jay Xu, Barbara Bass Bakar Director and CEO of the Asian Art Museum. “teamLab has inspired and delighted families with young children, couples on date nights, Silicon Valley engineers, and even our most seasoned Asian art enthusiasts — it’s why so many of them are coming again and again and it’s why we felt we should offer this once-in-a-lifetime extension.”
teamLab: Continuity invites audiences to experience the marvels of teamLab — an international art collective based in Tokyo whose exhibitions immerse visitors in movement-sensitive and fully interactive digital ecosystems of blooming flowers, fluttering butterflies, darting fish, flying crows, and more. teamLab: Continuity is also the inaugural event in the brand-new Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Pavilion, the centerpiece of the museum’s five-year transformation project and San Francisco’s largest new art exhibition space.
Visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to roam freely through digitally projected environments of vibrant color and sound that dissolve into one another. The artworks fill entire galleries and are hyper-responsive to human activity, transforming visitors into participants: rather than a series of preprogrammed movies, the digital animation is derived from dynamic algorithms that react to visitors’ locations and movements within the interconnecting gallery spaces.
“With teamLab, the artworks are never exactly the same. It’s a journey that changes from moment to moment and visit to visit and is the perfect showcase for how the Asian Art Museum offers new worlds to explore and, with every visit, provides a place of creativity and connection,” continues museum director Jay Xu.
teamLab (f. 2001) is an international art collective, an interdisciplinary group of various specialists such as artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians and architects whose collaborative practice seeks to navigate the confluence of art, science, technology, and the natural world.
teamLab aims to explore the relationship between the self and the world and new perceptions through art. In order to understand the world around them, people separate it into independent entities with perceived boundaries between them. teamLab seeks to transcend these boundaries in our perception of the world, of the relationship between the self and the world, and of the continuity of time. Everything exists in a long, fragile yet miraculous, borderless continuity.
teamLab has been the subject of numerous exhibitions at venues worldwide, including New York, London, Paris, Singapore, Silicon Valley, Beijing, and Melbourne among others. The permanent museums, teamLab Borderless, opened in Tokyo in June 2018, and teamLab Borderless Shanghai, in Huangpu District, Shanghai in November 2019. teamLab Planets, a museum where you walk through water and a garden where you become one with the flowers in Toyosu, Tokyo is on view until the end of 2022. The large-scale permanent exhibition, teamLab SuperNature, opened in Macao in June, 2020.
teamLab’s works are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; Asian Art Museum, San Francisco; Asia Society Museum, New York; Borusan Contemporary Art Collection, Istanbul; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Amos Rex, Helsinki; and Moco Museum, Amsterdam and Barcelona.
teamLab is represented by Pace Gallery, Martin Browne Contemporary, and Ikkan Art.
teamLab: Continuity is organized by the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Presentation is made possible with the generous support of Bank of America; Karla Jurvetson, M.D.; Puja and Samir Kaul; Nion McEvoy and Leslie Berriman; Rosina and Anthony Sun; Diane B. Wilsey; and an anonymous donor. Additional support is provided by Ann and Paul Chen, Sakurako and William Fisher, Beverly Galloway and Chris Curtis, and the W.L.S. Spencer Foundation. This exhibition is a part of Today’s Asian Voices, which is made possible with the generous support of Salle E. Yoo and Jeffrey P. Gray.
Sustained support generously provided by the following endowed funds: Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Endowment Fund for Exhibitions Kao/Williams Contemporary Art Exhibitions Fund
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Information: 415.581.3500 or www.asianart.org
Location: 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Hours (Normal, Non-Extended): Thursdays: 1pm–8pm; Fridays–Mondays: 10am–5 pm;
Closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays, as well as New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.
Museum Admission: FREE for members, essential workers, SFUSD students, children 12 and under, and active-duty military. General admission: $15 for adults and $10 for ages 65 & over, ages 13 to 17), and college students (with ID). Thursday nights (after 5 p.m.) $10 for adults and $8 for ages 65 & over, ages 13 to 17), and college students (with ID). There will be a $10 special exhibition surcharge for teamLab: Continuity on weekends and a $5 surcharge on weekdays.
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