One child sets off on a ghost hunt. "We placed the frames to fit each wall’s character," says Torafu Architects’s Koichi Suzuno.

"We wanted to create the shape of a typical museum’s exhibition space," says Suzuno. "The wall closest to the entrance has almost normal pictures, and the children gradually become aware of the magic frames as they walk through."

"It was interesting to see a child in the Mona Lisa frame suddenly start to change her famous and beautiful face," says Suzuno.

"The Haunted House is based not only on eyes and watching but also sound," says Suzuno. "Children can surprise the people outside by screaming through the frame."

"In one of the high-placed frames, it’s really scary when children are illuminated from underneath," says Suzuno.

"At first everyone thinks the guy with the floating hat and glasses is an exhibition observer," says Suzuno. "But when they get close they notice he has no skin."

"The children are so excited. They screamed more than we expected," says Suzuno. "Some children said, 'I saw a real ghost!'"

The gentleman sitting in the corner isn’t who he seems.

“Babies cried when their face bent in the mirror," says Suzuno.

Torafu Architects left some picture frames as holes so children can easily climb into the backstage of the exhibition.

The backstage area of the Haunted House is set up with steps and ledges for children to access different picture frames.

A small boy distorts Mona Lisa’s face from the backstage area.

Co.Create

The Scary Japanese Museum Where Kids Can Mess With Mona Lisa

At this interactive exhibit at Japan’s Museum Of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, kids become part of the art and scare the poop out of fellow patrons in the process.

“Kids should be seen and not heard” isn’t a rule the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokoyo wants to enforce at its kid-oriented Ghosts, Underpants and Stars (three keywords that symbolize children, according to organizers) summer exhibit. When curators approached Torafu Architects to create a ghost house for the exhibition, the design brief was simple--touching, running, and noise are fair play. “The curator of the exhibition wanted to teach the normal rules of the museum paradoxically,” says Koichi Suzuno of Torafu Architects. Over a 10-month-long design period, Torafu designed a space with a “backstage” that allows children to climb behind the walls of the exhibit and poke their head inside the picture frames, terrifying their fellow kid art connoisseurs.

The Ghosts, Underpants and Stars exhibit runs until September 8, 2013 and is also host to Transformation Corner, where children collect a token mustache and bizarre clothes to wear, Underpants, a space transformed into a children’s book, and Stars, where kids project constellations of their own creation into a night’s sky. “We wanted to make the haunted house as interactive as possible,” says Suzuno. “Children ran into the backroom and screamed. They can’t even touch the frame in a normal museum.”

Click through the slide show above for images and insight into the exhibit.

[Images courtesy of Fuminari Yoshitsugu | RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) | Michel Urtado | AMF-DNPartcom]

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