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    Posted by Frida Gullichsen on 6.3.2019
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    The main hall of a museum closes down for renovation – what happens to the artwork no one gets to see? They come alive in the Art Gate, a virtual gallery to be visited anywhere, anytime. 

    Director Otso Kähönen
    Concept Design Mikko Siivinen
    Production Eeva Jäntti
    Sound Design Jani Hietanen
    Video Topias Hirvonen, Otso Kähönen

    Art belongs to everyone, but what happens when a museum or art gallery closes, and the art becomes unreachable?

    The main gallery of Ateneum Art Museum in Helsinki, Finland, was closed during March of 2020 for a light renovation. The museum decided to not let visitors or the artworks themselves suffer, so they created a virtual gallery where the art can be seen and admired for the duration of the renovation.

    Take a trip to the past with the technology of the future

    Bridging the gap between century-old painting and virtual technology, we have the Art Gate, accessible through your phone or tablet from wherever you are.

    “We are really excited to be able to explore the interface between centuries old paintings and ultramodern technology with the help of CreMA” says Otso Kähönen, the Creative Director of Arilyn.

    See the classics come to life in the comfort of your home

    The virtual gallery can be found in the Arilyn app, which is free to download from Google Play or App store. Find the menu, select the Art Gate, place it in front of you and step into the wonder that is classical paintings!

    The virtual artworks include some of Ateneum's most prized and valued paintings like Vincent van Gogh and Edward Munch as well as Finnish painters like Hugo Simberg.

    The project was funded by the CreMa project, aimed at supporting creative industry professionals to innovate.

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