We have concluded the exhibition
in Shanghai, China
10/26, 2018 (fri) – 2/17, 2019 (sun)

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We have concluded the exhibition in Shanghai, China

Mobilize 9.25 million paying ticket holders!
For 2018, trace the roots of ‘KINGYO (Goldfish)’ at 3 venues!

The first-ever showing of a fantastic fusion of the
“World of sky” & “World of water” ART AQUARIUM in China,
the birthplace of “KINGYO (goldfish)”!

The first Chinese Shanghai performances of the
popular masterpieces “Oiran”, “Kirikorium”,
“Kutani Kingyo Exhibition”, and more!

October 26 [FRI], 2018 – February 17 [SUN], 2019

We have concluded the exhibition in Shanghai, China

The theme of the venue Shanghai, China is “The fusion of the ‘World of sky’ with the ‘World of water’”.

The location for this first performance in China is in Shanghai’s Pudong District, in Lujiazui,
in the observatory on the top of ‘Shanghai World Financial Center’, which has 101 floors and is 492m high.
The observatory Sky Arena 94 is on the 94th floor and is 423m high.

With Shanghai’s beautiful panorama in the background, the “World of water”,
woven together by “ART AQUARIUM”, and “World of sky” are fused,
giving birth to a fantastical world never experienced before.

In the exhibition hall, 1,000 kingyo (goldfish) swim “Oiran” on display.
The gigantic goldfishbowl is 2.4m high and has a diameter of 2m, and symbolizes “ART AQUARIUM”,
which represents the red-light district of the Edo Period.

In addition, one of the pieces “Kirikorium” gives life to techniques of making Edo Kiriko cut glass,
a traditional craft passed down since the Edo Period.
There are other pieces as well, such as the Kutani ceramic “Kutani Kingyo Exhibition”,
which relies on traditional crafts representative of Kanazawa, Ishikawa.
For the first time ever, these works and others that incorporate techniques typical of
Japanese crafts are shown outside Japan.

Please enjoy aquatic art “SKY AQUARIUM” in the open sky, which is reminiscent of “SKY AQUARIUM”,
the starting point for “ART AQUARIUM”.


Oiran Masterpiece 

It is a huge Kingyo (goldfish) bowl where 1,000 kingyos swim.
This artwork represents “oiran” who is the symbolic figure during Edo period (1603-1868) in red-light district.
Like the females who spent their lives dreaming to become oiran, the highest class courtesan, the kingyos swimming in this artwork have no name.
However, by swimming inside this artwork to sublime to oiran, they become to reign as the top figure in this venue.

Kimonorium Popular artwork 

It is an artwork, fusion of projection and real kingyo, following the flow of “Byoburium”.
Burying Kyoto’s traditional crafts “KyoYuzen”, the highest class kimono, in the aquarium tank, expressed the pattern of kimono with the live kingyo and 3D projection mapping.
The live kingyo swimming up and down and the projection world of “KyoYuzen”, brings the beautiful completion moment.

A show of Kutani Kingyo Popular artwork 

These are ART AQUARIUMs made from the Japanese traditional pottery craft of “Kutani-yaki”.
They are painted with a Kingyo (gold fish) patterns using the three basic techniques of Kutanaki – blue ‘aokutani’, red ‘aka-e’, and pink ‘hanazume’ – and have the equivalent kingyo swimming in them.
The kingyo are viewed from above, the correct format for a show competition, and these luxurious works allow you to enjoy the ornate world of “Kutani-yaki” painted with kingyo.

A Show of Kingyo

Kingyo was originally looked at from above.
In the present, the main stream of aquarium tank is to be observed from the side but at kingyo fair, it is still judged by looking from above.
Because the circle shaped tank does not have air bubbles nor waves on water surface, it is most suitable for appreciation.
The water overflows evenly from the top to the side so you feel as though you are looking at kingyo which is in the scoop of water mass.

Kingyo Collection

Kingyo is “live art” created by human hands.
The kingyo are displayed divided by its breed. None of the kingyo are the same by its color, pattern and the shape.
You are able to see the rare breed you cannot usually see.
Also, please enjoy the display technique bringing out the bewithching charm of kingyo.

New Edo Kingyo Display

Thanks to advances in glass technology, the wooden-framed aquarium of the Edo period (1603-1868) that allowed visitors to enjoy views from the side has been reborn for modern times as a transparent polyhedral tank that produces a prism effect, a new shape that makes use of advanced acrylic technology.
It is a work that brings out an emotional response while also giving a sense of the future.


This work consists of Kingyo (goldfish) bowls made using ‘Edo Kiriko’ on top of acrylic aquariums etched in the style of ‘Edo Kiriko’, and can be described as a fusion of old and new art.
Under the vivid lighting, the mysterious appearance created by the different etching of the kiriko glass emits colors unique to the glass, creating a work that is impressive and breathtakingly beautiful.


Rectangle shaped aquarium tank where kingyo elegantly swims.
You will see the world of kaleidoscope when you look through the triangle window in front.
It is kaleidoscope world drawn by the kingyo.
When the kingyo swims near the lens, the pattern changes beautifully as though you are rotating the kaleidoscope.


Traditional Japanese lanterns served as the inspiration for the large congeries of aquarium lighting.
The lace graphics installed on all sides of the Andonrium were not merely attached, but debossed into the layers of acrylic.
The goldfish swimming within created complex shadows and forms, making for a mesmerizing and fleeting dream world.

Reflectrium F.5 & F.8

It is a new artwork which put a concave lens, a convex lens, the double lens, and lens of the various vanity to an aquarium.
The fish swimming inside are sometimes seen big, seen small, seen double, seen deflected, bringing mysterious world.
The edgy structure beauty is also worthy of note.


It is the new challenge of “Prisrium” aquarium which brings prism effect by the transparent polyhedron.
During the Edo period (1603-1868), shining items like diamonds and glass were called “Giyaman” and that is where the title comes from.


“Bonborium” visualizes the aquariums as bonbori paper lanterns, with a single round kingyo swimming in each one, like the flame inside.
The appearance creates a sense just like the mystery and eanescence of shadow pictures.
It emphasizes the prettiness of the bonbori, which has been popular since the Edo era, and allows you to enjoy the collaboration between the dimly illuminated Kingyo (goldfish) and the slowly changing light.


The Paradoxrium makes use of a unique structure in which there are no perpendicular surfaces.
This ambitious piece takes the notion that tanks must be flat planes of glass and turns it on its head.
The combination of water and acrylic creates both a refracted and mirrored effect which, when seen from afar, presents the viewer with the opposite of what he expected, with numerous goldfish swimming throughout.


It is sphere shaped artwork with the motif “temari”, which is one of the traditional Japanese toys.
The pretty colorful patterns which is characteristic of temari is expressed by traditional braiding craft “iga-kumihimo” and kingyo swimming inside.
It is perfect fusion of traditional craftwork and aquarium.

* An exhibition work, the exhibition fish seed have a case to change without a notice.


We have concluded the exhibition in Shanghai, China
ART AQUARIUM IN SHANGHAI [Highlights Special Report]


We have concluded the exhibition in Shanghai, China

Shanghai World Financial Center 10th Anniversary
锦鳞・溢彩 ~凌空金鱼艺术展~
Period October 26 (fri), 2018 – February 17 (sun), 2019 / Open throughout the period
Opening Hours 9:00 AM – 10:30 PM (last entrance 9:30 PM)

* Taking picture of the artworks is allowed, but please refrain from using flash, tripod, monopod, selfie-stck,
and taking video.
* Because of the display method of the artworks, the venue is dark inside.
Please note that a part of the exhibit is difficult to access by wheelchair, so you may be unable to see the pieces up close.
* Displayed artworks and fish might change without notice.
* At the time of congestion, there will be access control. Thank you for your understanding.

Venue Shanghai World Financial Center, Observatory Sky Arena 94
(No.100, Century Avenue, Pudong New Area, Shanghai China)
Entrance Fee
at the door
(Tax incld.)
Adult 120 yuan* 80 yuan for guests aged 60 and over
Child 80 yuan* Students aged 23 and under and with a height of 140cm or less
Free for children (with a height of 100cm or below)
40 yuan for customers whose birthday falls on the day of their visit
Produce Hidetomo KIMURA (Art Aquarium Artist)
Planning &
Aquarium Creator’s Office


We have concluded the exhibition in Shanghai, China