A special exhibition featuring a collaboration of arts and sciences will open at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts from Sept. 15 through April 9, 2017.
Co-organized by HTC, the exhibition will present the museum's collections through AR/VR technologies and "VIVE,” a virtual reality system developed by HTC, combining art and science to give museumgoers a brand-new experience.
The exhibition is divided into two sections, of which the "Interdisciplinary Virtual Reality with a National Treasure” section will feature the national treasure "Lotus Pond (蓮池),” a gouache painting by the late painter Lin Yu-shan (林玉山).
The VR/AR augmentation will allow audiences to view Lin's creative process and enter Lin's artwork, interacting with the exhibition by seeing, listening, and feeling via virtual reality experience.
Lin's son Lin Po-ting (林柏廷) expressed his hope for seeing the application of such technologies in academic research in the near future after seeing his father's work presented in virtual reality.
The second section, "Technologies Application in Museum's Collection,” will transform artworks into interactive paintings via AR technology, allowing audiences to see artworks that can be deconstructed and collaged by touching a sensor device.
Hosted by Vice Culture Minister Lee Lien-chuan (李連權), the opening ceremony was joined by Lin Po-ting, former vice director of the National Palace Museum, and Dong Jun-liang (董俊良), general manager of HTC North Asia.
Dong signed a contract of sponsoring the museum's VR systems with Director Hsiao Tsung-huang (蕭宗煌) of NTMoFA during the ceremony, and expressed his hope for more collaborations in the future.
Vice Minister Lee noted that the Ministry of Culture has been promoting cross-field integration, and the collaboration of NTMoFA and HTC makes a great example.
'Interdisciplinary Virtual Reality with a National Treasure'
'Technologies Application in Museum's Collection'