Blow your mind at The Illusion Art Museum
On a brisk night in February, we had the pleasure of touring the newly opened Illusion Art Museum. The Oko! team was taken on a tour by the owner, Jakub Bechynĕ. The exhibit, covering three stories and 2,000 m2, illustrates a type of art that seems to have been underappreciated thus far. With Bechynĕ telling us about the pieces and the artists who created them, we had the chance to experience historic, modernist, and futuristic art – all while being mesmerized and amazed by illusions.
The Illusion Art Museum opened in March last year. Prior to this, Bechynĕ had begun his career by taking various art exhibits to shopping malls across Europe. Five years later, he was given the chance of a location in Old Town Square in Prague, and decided to create the Illusion Art Museum.
t the moment, the first floor is dedicated to angled pieces of abstract art, which form faces when looked at from a certain point. The space has three finished pieces, with two more on the way. Guests are encouraged to use their phones and cameras at specific points to get the perfect shot and become part of the illusion – making the exposition an interactive activity for the whole family.
Dedicated to the 100 years of the Czechoslovakian state, and now the independent states of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the second floor was where emotions came to life for me. The entrance to the second floor read, “This exhibition does not aim to achieve completeness. Rather it is an attempt to remember some of the history through various artistic styles.
Every piece on the second floor was created by either a Czech or Slovak artist who all displayed their personal rendition of a time in Czech and Slovak history. The paintings come from different backgrounds ranging from graffiti to tattoo art. Besides the impressive variation of techniques and quality of the art, this truly is a unique perspective on this slice of history.
The maze-like top floor offers an entirely different approach to illusion art. It is painted in red and blue, and visitors are offered cardboard -cutout red-tinted glasses, like those from early 3D movies, to view the painting in more detail. Depending on whether one wears their glasses, elements change and some art pieces even display different versions of the same scene. The exhibit has an edgy feel, with aspects like 3D-printed lamp shades and a room lit up by LED lights. This is to show a modern and totally different approach to art, while still staying in the realm of illusion. It was interesting for me to see all the different ways in which the space exemplifies illusion. Space has been left for innovative technology such as 3D printers, and plans are already underway to use this floor for workshops and more interactive installations.
The Illusion Art Museum will keep changing and expanding in the future, and if you haven’t visited it yet, it is definitely a trip worth your time!
Sophomore at the Pennsylvania State University
Assistant to the Art Director