The National Palace Museum (
Likewise, artifact exhibits themselves often need to be approached in a new way to appeal to younger generations. Last year the Palace Museum began the laborious challenge of updating its collection, which resulted in an interactive Web site and a series of e-learning DVDs, both of which are geared toward personal use at home or at school.
With the help of a team of graphic designers called TechArt (
The small exhibition is a sample of what is now being accomplished in the art/tech field, said Tuan Li (
"We wanted to do something different from other interactive exhibits. It needed to be innovative," Li said.
The exhibition is divided into two rooms. The first is equipped with six computer monitors, each displaying a different version of the e-learning DVD. The second and more engaging room is designed in the image of a Song Dynasty garden. Antique dressing screens and plants are placed around the room to create a garden feel. All the artwork is in digital form. The explanation of how to use the equipment and the accompanying text to the art pieces are in both English and Chinese.
On one side is a large table monitor that uses a question-and- answer game to provide
information about calligraphy. The lesson focuses on Song Emperor Hui-tsong's (
Moving to the other side of the room, the focus shifts to activities of the nobility during the Song Dynasty incorporating three famous garden paintings. To operate the device, visitors must hold a fan equipped with an infrared sensor to chase away butterflies when they stop on the screen.
While highlighting a painting the interactive board explores various themes in the work, such as the significance of mountains in the landscape painting of Su Han-chen (
The technological features of the exhibition are innovative and the interactive aspect is entertaining. But in terms of its size, there is not a lot to look at. Likewise, if the purpose of the exhibition is to bring art to the people, then it would fare better somewhere more populated, not hidden away in a small room at the back of the CKS museum.
What: National Palace Museum Digital Learning Exhibition
Where: Zhiqing Exhibition Room at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall Museum, Museum (
Telephone: (02) 2711-1153
When: Until March 27