‘Magic Art’ Thrills Museumgoers In Hangzhou, China [PHOTOS]

 @MarkJohansonIBT on July 13 2012 11:10 AM

In a typical art exhibition, you're expected to keep your hands behind your back, maintain a respectful distance from the artwork, put cameras away and, above all else, refrain from touching anything. But the Magic Art Exhibition in Hangzhou, China, is not your run-of-the-mill show.

Recently opened at the Hangzhou Peace International Exhibition and Conference Center, the 2012 Magic Art show has captivated audiences, in part, because they can get up close and personal with the artwork ... and take lots of pictures.

Dragons spew flames, sharks attack, King Kong pounces, and there are plenty of humorous photo ops with dropped trousers. This is the appeal of the popular new exhibition, created by 15 South Korean artists over a four-month period, exclusively for the Hangzhou show. It's part red carpet meets Disney World, part 21st century carnival sideshow, and, perhaps, part magic.

Have a look:

2012 Magic Art Special Exhibition in Hangzhou

A girl poses for a photograph in front of a 3D painting at the 2012 Magic Art Special Exhibition in Hangzhou REUTERS

2012 Magic Art Special Exhibition in Hangzhou

A man with his son pose for a photograph in front of a 3D painting at the 2012 Magic Art Special Exhibition in Hangzhou. REUTERS

2012 Magic Art Special Exhibition in Hangzhou

A boy poses for a photograph in front of a 3D painting at 2012 Magic Art Special Exhibition in Hangzhou REUTERS

2012 Magic Art Special Exhibition in Hangzhou

A woman poses for a photograph in front of a 3D painting at 2012 Magic Art Special Exhibition in Hangzhou REUTERS

2012 Magic Art Special Exhibition in Hangzhou

Members of a family pose for a photograph in front of a 3D painting at 2012 Magic Art Special Exhibition in Hangzhou REUTERS

2012 Magic Art Special Exhibition in Hangzhou

Kids pose for a photograph in front of a 3D painting at 2012 Magic Art Special Exhibition in Hangzhou REUTERS

2012 Magic Art Special Exhibition in Hangzhou

A man and his daughter pose for a photograph behind a 3D painting at the 2012 Magic Art Special Exhibition in Hangzhou REUTERS

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