The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Verizon joined forces to launch The Met Unframed, bringing an immersive virtual art and gaming experience to the people itching for some fine art amid the pandemic.
Featuring “more than a dozen one-of-a-kind digitally rendered galleries and nearly 50 works of art from across The Met’s vast collection,” the platform aims to provide better access to art during the imminent lockdowns.
The engagement focused platform, TheMetUnframed.com, enables the users to traverse digital galleries and play games to unlock augmented reality versions of the art pieces.
There are multiple games like trivia questions, riddles, and a ‘Zoom and Spot’ challenge, stimulating the users to navigate through the website and interact with art. Another game, called ‘Analysis’ enables the users to catch a glimpse of underdrawings and other hidden details within well-known Met pieces using their infrared and XRF conservation documentation scans.
Max Hollein, Director of The Met, said, “Our mission since The Met’s founding 150 years ago has been to connect people to art and ideas, and to one another – something we’ve found to be more powerful than ever over these last months of isolation and uncertainty.”
“The Met Unframed brings the museum to audiences wherever they are in an innovative viewing experience, in which users can virtually visit iconic spaces and engage with The Met’s masterpieces, learn more about the works in a playful way and through AR, and enjoy bringing the art into one’s own surroundings,” he added.
“The Met Unframed expands the ways in which we can understand, experience and appreciate art.”
The Met Unframed boasts of custom-designed digital galleries that have been rendered exclusively for the platform to recreate spaces from across the Museum. It allows the visitors to experience the museum like never before by arranging the galleries in a way that showcases art from across millennia by several world-renowned artists.
The experience begins with a rendering of the museum’s remarkable Great Hall giving the visitors a good look at Kent Monkman’s monumental diptych mistikôsiwak: “Wooden Boat People”. It further moves on to various other experiences such as Power, Home, Nature, and Journey.
The platform can be accessed on any 4G or 5G smart device and is open for free access for a limited five-week period.
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