The National Center for Art Research aims to strengthen the functions of the National Art Museums by creating and expanding various frameworks of collaboration and support. The Center will also carry out a variety of projects in collaboration with art museums, including offering art appreciation experiences using digital technology.
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Donations, sponsorships, and bequests will be used for exhibitions and screenings, research and surveys, restoration of artworks and films, education and outreach, building and facility maintenance, acquisition of information and materials and so on. In addition, we will implement unique crowdfunding projects that match the specific characteristics of the museums and work with others to promote the arts and culture.
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Example of Art Appreciation Experience Made Possible by Digital Technology (Implemented in 2022)MOMAT Collection Special Feature – Playback: The Abstraction and Fantasy Exhibition (1953–1954) (The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, which celebrated its seventieth anniversary in 2022, held a special exhibition of works from the MOMAT Collection, titled MOMAT Collection Special Feature – Playback: The Abstraction and Fantasy Exhibition (1953–1954) (Collection Gallery 3F, Wed., October 12, 2022–Sun., February 5, 2023). This exhibition not only displayed various materials related to the Abstraction and Fantasy: How to Understand Non-figurative (Non-realistic) Painting exhibition held at the museum in 1953 and the works exhibited at that time, but also presented a VR reproduction of the exhibition for the first time at the museum. (VR or virtual reality is a system that allows visitors to experience a computer-generated virtual space as if it were real). This VR reproduction was made possible with the technical assistance of the Preparatory Office for the National Center for Art Research, based on digital images made from glass-plate negatives and other archival materials that were stored in the museum’s art library.
Caption: At the venue (Photo by Otani Ichiro)
Cooperative programs by the Preparatory Office for the Establishment of the National Center for Art Research include:
- VR testing using a game engine compatible with various platforms, and design and development of VR reproduction.
- In-house operational design of VR reproduction, reproduction of interiors, and display of images of works
- Joint production of curator talk videos
MOMAT Collection Special Feature Playback: The Abstraction and Fantasy Exhibition (1953–1954) Curator’s Talk