The Empire of Imagination and Science of Rudolf II
In a nutshell
This exhibition is based on the collection of Rudolf II, the Holy Roman Emperor from 1552 to 1612. He loved both science and art and was devoted to collecting all types of artifacts, his cabinet of curiosities, from the natural world. This treasure trove allowed artists, like Giuseppe Arcimboldo, to create art, under Rudolf’s patronage, that realistically represented plants and animals from all over the world. This exhibition pairs nicely with last year’s Arcimboldo exhibit at The National Museum of Western Art and includes paintings, engravings, maps, books, and other objects.
The museum is located in the basement of the Bunkamura building in the heart of Shibuya. Please note: the Bunkamura does not accept credit or debit cards for entrance fees, only cash.
English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)
The introduction and chapter information is in English, as is the basic information about the artworks. There is a list of works in English if you ask for it at the exhibition entry. The audio guide and any additional explanation of the works is in Japanese only.
A sense of the thrill of discovery and a renewed appreciation for the wonder of the natural world through the artwork.
Anyone who is interested in the intersection of science and art.
How far out?
About a 10 minute walk from the Shibuya metro and bus stations.
How much time?
About 45 minutes.
How much money?
¥1600 for general admission
March 11, 2018
Rating: make a special trip, see it if you’re in the area or have some free time, see it only if you like this specific type of art
Worth seeing if you’re in the area and have some free time, especially if you didn’t get enough Arcimboldo last year.