• Max Klinger, The Crucifixion of Christ, 1890, Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig, oil on canvas, 251 × 465 cm -
    presentation in the exhibition "Max Klinger and the Work of Art of the Future," Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, 2020/2021

Bundeskunsthalle Bonn

Augmented Reality: WHEN ART COMES TO LIFE

As the art and exhibition hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Bundeskunsthalle Bonn is a location for extraordinary exhibitions on art, culture and science. To create an unforgettable experience for visitors, innovative technologies are also used: For example, the monumental painting "The Crucifixion of Christ" by Max Klinger (1857-1920) can be experienced through augmented reality with 3D effects and holographic images - even from home. Due to Corona the exhibition was closed for four months.

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  • Christian Gänsicke, Head of Education (Deputy Press Officer)

    „Rediscovering Max Klinger's gigantic oil painting The Crucifixion of Christ for visitors with the help of augmented reality, i.e. state-of-the-art technology, was a challenge. The implementation with T-Systems MMS was a lot of fun and is an enrichment for the tasks of art education in exhibition halls.“
  • Idea

    On the Traces of German Symbolism With Augmented Reality

    The exhibition "Max Klinger and the Artwork of the Future" at the Bundeskunsthalle Bonn will be showing masterpieces by the pioneer of German Symbolism until 5th April 2021. As one of the best-known and at the same time most controversial artists of his time, Max Klinger significantly contributed to the formulation of a modern image of man in art and shocked in particular with depictions of naked bodies. Today, the way in which visitors to the Bundeskunsthalle can view his painting, created between 1888 and 1891, is groundbreaking: By using augmented reality glasses or a smartphone app, the public can experience an immersively enriched version of Klinger's painting on site or online.

  • Solution

    3D-Application für AR-Glasses and Smartphone App

    Initially, T-Systems MMS had Mimaki Deutschland GmbH produce a reproduction of Klinger's depiction of the crucifixion on a large-format printer in its original size: on a 3.20 m wide plastic fabric. Thanks to this reprint, the New Work experts at T-Systems MMS were able to optimize image recognition and ensure tracking at this scale.
    The "Nreal Light" AR glasses or a free smartphone app for Android and iOS from Arilyn are used to view the painting. In the AR solution developed by T-Systems MMS together with Deutsche Telekom, individual picture elements are animated in front of the viewer's eyes and superimposed on the original painting in the form of holograms. Accompanied by the voice of a narrator, visitors thus experience an augmented, three-dimensional reality of the painting.
    If a visitor's smartphone app or Internet user recognizes the painting, the experience begins automatically. Here, as well, people and the background of the painting are animated, highlighted three-dimensionally and displayed in the form of holograms.

  • Benefits

    Extraordinary Visit to the Museum even under Corona Conditions

    The monumental work of Max Klinger in its two-dimensional form achieves greater depth through augmented reality and the digital content, creating an intensified experience for the viewer. In addition, the viewer receives art-historical and content-related information as well as contemporary recessions and literature quotations superimposed. This makes it easier for them to understand, for example, the historical context and the process by which the work was created.
    In this way, the art enthusiast is given the opportunity to view the work of art from a completely new perspective with an expanded reality. Thanks to the superimposed information, additional aspects are illuminated and conveyed in a playful manner. Thus, every user of the app receives a virtual guided tour.
    With the AR experience, museums can in turn tap into new, tech-savvy target groups. Since the painting is also accessible online, it can be brought into any living room worldwide. It can thus be experienced by a wide audience around the clock and even during the closure of the Bundeskunsthalle. Comparable applications in adapted form hold enormous potential for other museums and institutions in the future.

About Bundeskunsthalle (Art- and Exhibition Hall)

With around 610,000 visitors per year (status 2019), the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, or Bundeskunsthalle for short, is one of the most visited museums in Germany. The Bundeskunsthalle provides an exhibition area of 5,600 square meters and regularly shows up to four exhibitions at the same time from the fields of art and cultural history, science and technology. The program focuses on art from all epochs.
The Bundeskunsthalle has developed different audiences with whom dialogue is always sought. The task of the Bundeskunsthalle is to be a showcase, both nationally and internationally, for that open concept of culture which is central to the identity of the Federal Republic of Germany through its exhibitions and events.

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