Completed in 1736, Up the River During Qingming (Qing Court version) is a masterpiece of the Qing Dynasty; a remarkable example of genre painting, which has inspired countless replicas in the centuries since it was first made. From October 15 2018, Taiwan’s National Palace Museum will present A Journey Inside Paintings and Calligraphy: VR Art Exhibition, an exhibition that harnesses innovative HTC Vive technology to bring this celebrated work to life.
Through a VIVE Pro headset, viewers are able to experience this masterpiece like never before, as the immersive virtual reality experience Up the River During Qingming VR. HTC Vive technology makes it possible to examine areas of the painting in minute detail, from stunning architectural details to bustling figural scenes. Significant sections of the painting – which measures 11.5 meters across – have been transformed into interactive games, including the Rainbow Bridge, the Outdoor Theater, and the Golden Orchid Restaurant.
Created by five Qing court painters, this remarkable scroll was presented to the Emperor Qianlong in 1736, and represents an ideal world, capturing daily life while portraying China’s prosperity. It features 4,000 hand-painted figures, as well as dozens of bridges, homes, gardens and the royal palace. In the Qing dynasty, only the Emperor and his favored officials were permitted to admire the scroll up-close; HTC Vive Arts makes it possible for anyone to experience this remarkable work as its makers intended – with a virtual Emperor providing insight into key sections.
The exhibition represents an ongoing partnership between the National Palace Museum and HTC which, since 2015, has worked closely with the institution to translate some of its finest works into virtual reality. Previous projects include The Spirit of Autobiography (2017), inspired by the renowned calligraphy of Tang-dynasty monk Huaisu, and Roaming through Fantasy Land, which takes viewers on a journey through Autumn Colors on the Qiao and Hua Mountains – a masterpiece by early Yuan-dynasty painter Zhao Mengfu.
Autumn Colors on the Qiao and Hua Mountains is presented as part of the National Palace Museum’s exhibition Another Look at the National Treasures, which runs alongside A Journey Inside Paintings and Calligraphy: VR Art Exhibition. Celebrating pieces in the institution’s collection that have been defined as ‘National Treasures’, displays allow visitors to encounter some of the most culturally significant works ever made, with HTC Vive Arts content providing rich, educational experiences that offer new insight.
In partnering with the National Palace Museum, HTC Vive Arts continues its mission to redefine the standard for digital arts content, and support museums in creating exhibitions that use technology to inspire and engage new and existing audiences.
Period : October 15 – December 15 2018
Time : Everyday 8:30 A.M. – 6:30 P.M with late closing Friday and Saturday until 9:00 P.M.
Venue: Digital Media Room of Gallery 210 in National Palace Museum, Taipei.