Stay home and tour the National Art Gallery's newly launched virtual exhibitions


A look at the starting point of the National Art Gallery's virtual exhibition experience. Photo: NAG

Miss taking a stroll in a major art gallery? Two past art exhibitions at the National Art Gallery (NAG) in Kuala Lumpur can now be viewed online here. You don't have to leave your home.

The shows Minta Perhatian Media Baharu: Penggunaan Objek Dan Ruang Sebagai Penyataan (Attention Please: The Use Of Objects And Spaces As Statements) and PACA: Pameran Cat Air Asia Tenggara (South-East Asia Watercolour Exhibition) both ended their run last year, but can now be experienced online thanks to NAG's virtual documentation series.

“The public can visit this online presentation and experience the exhibitions showcased in the same on-site layout. Technology has made it possible for the curatorial team to explore the potential of exhibitions without being bound by physical space and time constraints. Because these shows are now virtual ones, more information might be added in time, ” says Tan Hui Koon, NAG curator.

The The "doll house" view of the Tun Razak exhibition room at the National Art Gallery. Photo: NAG

Such virtual exhibitions will be a permanent feature of the gallery, as part of its goal to engage with its audience and find innovative ways to make art more accessible and promote art appreciation.

“It is one of the gallery’s strategies to adapt to the new normal. But even before the pandemic, we had started developing apps, programmes and facilities in an effort to bring a different visitor experience once we reopen to the public, ” she adds.

Among the changes expected are online visiting booking, guided tour and virtual exhibition mobile apps, upgraded spaces with digital-based exhibition facilities and a Media Art Gallery.

The NAG has been closed for refurbishment and renovation works since October last year.

It is expected to reopen this October.

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