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Explore Amazing Virtual Reality Museum Tours, Part II

June 22nd, 2018 Posted by Art News, Behind the Scenes, Digital Art, For Art Lovers, Living with Art 0 comments on “Explore Amazing Virtual Reality Museum Tours, Part II”

Museums have always been at the centre point of showcasing the world’s treasures in grand halls and galleries, while also trying to preserve our history for generations to come. However, with virtual reality technology, the future of how we visit museums is adapting quickly. This global movement is allowing art to become more accessible to the masses while ensuring our cultural heritage is preserved.

This piece is the second in a two-part series that explores how museums are embracing technology through the use of virtual reality. In Part I, it was discussed how world-renowned museums are using VR technology to enhance the visitor experience and make public art more accessible. This piece will outline a select number of virtual museums that are based solely online. These new museums will bring artwork that is found all over the world to a single location and will reveal private collections that can now be viewed through online, 3D means.

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1. The Kremer Museum

The Kremer Collection is a privately-owned collection by George and llomer Kremer. It is composed of artwork by historical artists such as Rembrandt, Van Rijn, and Frans Hals.  Now, these old masters have received a whole new virtual treatment. Using VR technology, visitors will be able to explore this private collection and view the surface of each painting, allowing them to better see all colours and textures. Additionally, they will be able to view the rear side of the painting to see the artwork’s provenance, something which is impossible to do at regular museums. George Kremer shares the idea behind the operation, “Imagine taking the museum to the people, instead of taking the people to the museum.” Visitors will be able to experience a true museum atmosphere regardless of where they are.

George Kremer has spent nearly two decades collecting 74 pieces of historical artwork. Now in collaboration with his son, Joël Kremer, who is a former employee at Google, new technology has been merged with the family’s legacy. In the beginning, the family thought about the idea to open this gallery as a brick and mortar building, however, costs and location were limiting factors. By having the artwork be based solely online, visitors of the museum are not limited by location, ensuring greater accessibility.

2. Open Heritage, Google Arts & Culture 

Google has partnered with CyArk, a 3D laser scanning non-profit organization, to create a new project devoted to helping preserve historical sites and landmarks around the world. Their digital conservation efforts allow visitors of Open Heritage to view 26 different world heritage sites and have even resulted in new information being learned by historians.

“With modern technology, we can capture these monuments in fuller detail than ever before, including the color and texture of surfaces alongside the geometry captured by the laser scanners with millimeter precision in 3D,” Chance Coughenour, a Digital Archaeologist and program manager with the Google Arts and Culture division, said in a press release. “These detailed scans can also be used to identify areas of damage and assist restoration efforts.”

3. The VR Museum of Fine Art

VR Musuem of Fine Art

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The VR Museum of Fine Art allows visitors to embark on a journey that would otherwise require you to visit over 10 different countries. This latest technology enables you to walk around, duck under, and even hug famous sculptures and artwork; that’s right, no guards will be telling you to step away from the artwork! To help learn more about each piece, informative holographic plaques are offered. Thanks to virtual technologies, art lovers can interact with art in a totally new way.

4. The DSL Collection 

The DSL Private Collection was created in 2005 with a focus towards Chinese contemporary art. It is unique to others as a cap of 160-200 is kept on the number of works in the collection. In an effort to share the private collection with the rest of the world, Sylvain and Dominique Levy, the collection owners, made the world’s first VR Museum. Since 2005, the DSL Collection has been devoted to making it a nomadic collection and has refused to be fixed in one spot. As such, creating a virtual museum fit with the collection’s vision. It features work by Ai Weiwei and Zeng Fanzhi as well as younger artists such as Song Yuanyuan and Zhao Zhao.

The future of VR and art is dependent on many external circumstances. Of course, the primary cause is the development of technology in this sector. However, users must be willing to adopt this feature and push the limitations of how it can be used. We have only begun to scratch the surface of what art and science can achieve together. At Arius, we are also devoted to expanding these capabilities. Our technology has allowed for the creation of new contemporary art work through new means, has lead to groundbreaking research, and has made art more accessible. It showcases that the way we live with art is changing quickly.

This piece of the two-part series emphasizes key players in the museum-art industry that have leveraged the technology in new ways; but most importantly, it highlights that the future of art is very, very bright.

Explore Amazing Virtual Reality Museum Tours, Part I

June 8th, 2018 Posted by Art News, For Art Lovers, Living with Art 0 comments on “Explore Amazing Virtual Reality Museum Tours, Part I”

As museums are widely distributed around the globe, it is hard to imagine that one day we would be able to visit them all. By incorporating Virtual Reality into the museum experience, individuals are now able to explore national treasures; All at their easiest convenience, from the comfort of their home, for free, and without the distraction of other visitors. Virtual tours are truly an experience unparalleled to anything ever seen before.

In case your wondering what is available to explore, or don’t know where to start,  we’ve looked at some of the Museums who have incorporated VR into their gallery experience. Below are our top picks for you to enjoy today:

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1. The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) began their VR efforts back in 2016. Today, visitors can experience the full east-wing of the museum, where their permanent collection is located. Key displays include the painting “Aurora Borealis,” by Fredric Edwin Church and the famous bronze sculpture, by Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

Currently, the SAAM has over 47,000 pieces of art with 90% of them being stored out of sight from the public. In the future, they hope to create renders of these artworks, resulting in the public being able to experience them online, from anywhere in the world.

2. The British Museum, London, England

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The British Museum recently released their efforts to intersect art and technology. The new Virtual Reality tour of their Egyptian Galleries is “first-of-its-kind 360 experience” that can be viewed on any device.

The full tour includes expert audio commentary and interactive 3D models, transporting visitors to the bronze age. “The technology is particularly useful for the bronze age, a difficult period for visitors to engage with and imagine museum objects in their original context,” said the gallery curator, Neill Wilkin. Now visitors at the British Museum will truly be able to imagine life centuries ago.

3. The Louvre, Paris, France

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The Louvre is not only the world’s largest art museum but a historic monument in Paris, France. It is the most visited art museum and contains artwork from the most impressive collections. Thanks to Virtual Reality, the museum offers free online tours of its most sought-after exhibits, such as the Galerie d’Apollon. A 360-view of the museum and the ability to zoom and pan are offered. Plus, one day, you’ll be able to virtually stop and enjoy the Mona Lisa, without the crowds!

4. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, New York

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Since 2016, the Guggenheim museum, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, has offered an immersive VR experience. Visitors can fully experience the amazing architecture while viewing the buildings interior and select shows. An exciting aspect of this initiative is the opportunity to work with schools and teachers. This initiative allows children to be both creators and visitors.

5. The National Gallery of Art, London, England

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The National Gallery of Art shares the story of European art, from artists such as Van Gogh and Paul Cézanne. This art lover’s museum provides access to 18 rooms, showcasing 300 different paintings, to be exhibited virtually. While on the tour there are links to painting pages. This virtual experience offers visitors the chance to learn more about each specific piece.

6. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York

The Met is the largest art museum in the United States and contains artwork from humanity’s greatest and most talented artists. The museum offers virtual tours through their program called “Met 360⁰.” Videos are posted to YouTube, allowing visitors a completely immersive experience where they can view masterpieces from artists such as Vincent van Gogh, unlike ever seen before.

Vincent van Gogh is one of history’s most iconic artists. He produced 900 paintings during his short, tragic lifetime. Ever wonder what It would be like through Vincent’s eyes? What about seeing each of his sunflower pieces together in one room? Now, new kinds of experiences are made possible at this museum in Amsterdam. This is something that seemed nearly impossible not too long ago. “One can only wonder what Van Gogh himself would make of it all.”

In the 21st century, there has been a rapid increase in technological advancements. The movement for organisations to adapt to these new trends have become essential. Within the art community, only recently have some museums offered new methods to make art more accessible, with virtual reality being one example. At Arius, we are also devoted to helping preserve and maintain an art-rich culture around the globe. Our latest 3D technology allows for the recreation of historical masterpieces from artists such as Monet and Vermeer. Now, it is possible for anyone to own and experience famous paintings, showcasing that leveraging technology can help make art more accessible in new forms.

Welcome To The Arius Blog

June 1st, 2018 Posted by For Art Lovers 0 comments on “Welcome To The Arius Blog”

While Arius Technology does in fact have “technology” in our name, we have begun to reference ourselves as more than that; as an art brand that leverages technology to make art more accessible, and help the preservation and creation of art.

The intersection between art and technology is expanding, and the results are amazing. Developments such as 3D printing and virtual reality seemed nearly impossible a decade ago. At Arius, we are proud to say that our devotion to developing and maintaining an art-rich culture is helping to scratch the surface of these new possibilities.

As such, this blog will bring to you the latest research and trends surrounding art conservation and preservation. Furthermore, we will inform you how, at Arius, we are helping to preserve our cultural heritage.

Stay tuned to see what happens next when technology is applied in new ways. Feel free to reach out at info@ariustechnology.com.

All the best,

Arius Technology