To honor International Museum Day on May 18, the Kimbell Art Museum announced the release of its first ever virtual tour.
Using immersive digital technology, visitors will now be able to experience 360-degree views of Kimbell’s acclaimed Louis I. Kahn building – plus some of the museum’s notable, permanent collection – without ever leaving home.
The tour features a selection of African, Ancient American, Asian and European paintings and sculptures. Its goal is to increase access to the museum’s collection, create new avenues for digital engagement and extend current art education programming and efforts.
Here’s the full press release from the Kimbell.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 18, 2021
FORT WORTH, TX–On May 18, in honor of International Museum Day, the Kimbell Art Museum unveiled the first-ever virtual tour of its celebrated permanent collection. The tour showcases a selection of African, Ancient American, Asian and European paintings and sculptures installed together in the iconic Louis I. Kahn Building.
“We are thrilled to provide visitors this new opportunity to engage with our collection and architecture from anywhere in the world,” said Eric M. Lee, director of the Kimbell Art Museum. “With this and future virtual tours, we will be able to reach new audiences and provide outstanding resources to supplement the onsite experience.”
The virtual tour is built on the Matterport platform, which uses 360-degree views of the galleries to create an immersive digital experience. Each work on view is tagged with additional information and links to the Kimbell’s comprehensive online collection.
The objectives for the tour were threefold: increase access to the museum’s collection, create new avenues for digital engagement and extend current art education programming and efforts.
“The best way to view these masterpieces is within the Kahn Building,” said Lee. “But if you can’t make it here in person, this tour is an excellent way to preview or revisit these incredible masterpieces.”
Later releases will include Spanish-language, kids’ and selected special exhibition virtual tours.
Visit kimbellart.org/virtual-tours for details.
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