You can now ‘own’ an art piece from The Met Museum with this virtual exhibit

  • Arts
  • Friday, 15 Jan 2021

Visit 'The Met Unframed' site and roam through The Met museum in New York to get rid of your lockdown blues. Photo: dpa

Time to get rid of your lockdown blues with The Met Unframed, an immersive, augmented reality (AR) art experience for the whole family.

With just your smartphone, take a trip to the famed Metropolitan Museum Of Art (The Met) in New York with this virtual, interactive tour.

Viewers can navigate through digitally rendered galleries and view nearly 50 famous works from The Met’s collection.

From the Japanese masterpiece Fifty-Four Scenes From The Tale Of Genji in the Home Galleries to The Temple Of Dendur from ancient Egypt in the Nature Galleries, this pandemic-friendly museum tour, complete with detailed descriptions, is sure to keep you busy.

Unleash your inner Robert Langdon and test your art knowledge with riddles, trivia questions and Zoom and Spot challenges. Win a challenge and get the bragging rights to own a Met artwork for 15 minutes.

With the cutting-edge AR technology, you can place the art piece wherever you want in your house, snap a photo and post it on your social media for instant glory. Visiting a museum has never been more rewarding.

You can also see the underdrawings and other hidden details of well-known paintings with The Met’s infrared and X-ray scans.

Here’s how you can be a part of Met Unframed. Visit the Met Unframed website and scan the barcode provided with your phone. Instantly get transported into the AR version of The Met’s iconic Great Hall.

In keeping things simple, Met Unframed is divided into four broad themes, namely Power, Home, Nature and Journey. Click on one of the banners and begin your journey in the virtual museum.

You can unlock the Toggle function to have a more immersive experience. "Walk" in the hallways of these galleries and take in the magnificent works, all in the comfort of your home.

Get a chance to view works by contemporary artists like Sam Gilliam, Ibrahim El-Salahi and El Anatsui to name a few. You can also view paintings by the masters like Rembrandt or Vincent van Gogh. And of course, a museum visit is not complete without a trip to the Egyptian Wing.

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