Are you a fan of Pokémon and/or fine art? Then there are a couple of currently ongoing art exhibitions that should be on your radar! Take a look at these incredible exhibitions, which blend the beloved Pokémon franchise with several artistic inspirations.

Pokémon x Kogei

First up is the “Pokémon x Kogei” exhibition at Japan House Los Angeles. This exhibit opened on July 25th, 2023, and will run until January 7th, 2024.

This exhibition features a variety of artworks that combine characters from Pokémon with traditional Japanese artistic techniques. Featuring the work of 20 creators, visitors can expect to see artwork that includes life-like bejeweled statues of Eevee and its original three evolutions, a Charizard/Shigaraki Jar, and tea caddies featuring Unown and Moltres.

two Pokémon tea caddies.
L: Tea Caddy, “Call Spring,” Maki-e, 2022 – Yoshiaki Taguchi. R: Tea caddy, Unown Design, Black Granite Style, 2022 – Terumasa Ikeda. Photos by Taku Saiki.

While admission is free, you may want to consider making gallery reservations if you’re going to visit this exhibit.

Pokémon x Van Gogh Museum

That isn’t the only currently ongoing collaboration between Pokémon and a fine art museum. Over at Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum, a collaboration with Game Freak has yielded a variety of Van Gogh-inspired Pokémon paintings.

Fans of Pokémon: The Card Game will be especially interested in the Van Gogh Museum’s “Pokémon Adventure.” Museum visitors can pick up a copy of the Pokémon Adventure at the information desk in the atrium. Upon completion of the questions in the Pokémon Adventure, visitors will be rewarded with a special Pikachu Pokémon promo card (subject to availability).

L: Pikachu in the style of Van Gogh by Naoyo Kimura. R: Van Gogh’s ‘Self-Portrait with Grey Felt Hat.’

Just like the Pokémon x Kogei exhibition, the Pokémon x Van Gogh Museum exhibit will run until January 7th of next year. Click here to book tickets for your visit to the Van Gogh Museum.

The Art of Pokémon

What do you think of these artistic Pokémon collaborations? Will you have the chance to visit the Pokémon x Kogei exhibit or the Pokémon x Van Gogh Museum exhibit?

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Cover image: Munchlax & Snorlax inspired by ‘The Bedroom,’ sowsow.