Christie brings art and culture to life at the National Museum of Korea

Christie, the global visual and audio technology company, has provided technology solutions for the National Museum of Korea’s new Immersive Digital Gallery.

Christie is pleased to announce that it has provided projection, image processing and SDVoE solutions for the new exhibition space at the National Museum of Korea (NMK). NMK is the country’s biggest museum and is home to more than 220,000 artefacts.

Visitors can now enjoy some of these items in a new way in the museum’s innovative Immersive Digital Gallery which opened this May.

Immersive Digital Gallery

The new gallery features four attractions which use a variety of cutting-edge 3D visual technologies to bring the museum’s cultural artefacts to life. For instance, in Gallery 1, guests can view a range of 8K resolution content shown on an ultra-wide panorama screen. This huge screen is 60 metres long and 5 metres tall.

Christie immersive gallery

For this, NMK chose to install eight Christie D20WU-HS 1DLP laser projectors, two Christie Pandoras Box Quad Players, a Pandoras Box Player, a Pandoras Box Manager and Widget Designer, as well as eight sets of Christie Terra transmitters and receivers.

The technology was installed Star Networks, a trusted partner of Christie which has been involved in several successful projects in the region, such as the world’s first robot theme park – Gyeongnam Masan Robot Land.

“We needed a fully integrated solution that not only delivers excellent visuals and colour fidelity, but also a powerful content management and AV-over-IP system that offers long-term reliability since all products are fitted in a high-use environment,” says Eun-jin Park, section chief, Star Networks.

“The Christie solutions are our top choice because they fulfilled all the requirements and have a good track record of delivering outstanding visuals. I don’t think there is another solution on the market that can match this suite of products in terms of performance, level of integration and dependability.”

Delivering a quality visitor experience

Star Networks also worked alongside the VFX and CG animation studio MOFAC, which created the visual content. This was to make sure that the images were fully synchronised and integrated. The gallery is now home to stunning panoramic projections of some of Korea’s most iconic works of art. For example, Royal Procession with the People and Climbing Mt. Geumgang.

National Museum Korea immersive gallery Christie

This is the first time that Christie’s Terra SDVoE solutions have been used in Korea, for a uniquely immersive experience combining cultural heritage and ultra-modern technology

“Through the successful completion of this project, we are proud that Christie’s laser projection, image processing and SDVoE solutions have been established as the benchmark for challenging immersive content in many museums in the future,” says Park.

The museum itself is pleased with the success of the new gallery and the positive visitor response, says Eun-jeong Chang, curator, NMK:

“We have received lots of positive feedback from visitors, and many of them are in awe of the quality of the visuals and how historical works of art can ‘come alive’ so convincingly in a real physical space. It’s gratifying that the integrated technologies implemented in this space have provided an enchanting experience that transports visitors across time and space.”

Michael Bosworth, executive vice president, Enterprise, Christie, says, “We are delighted that NMK has chosen our powerful and dependable projection, image processing and SDVoE solutions for this fascinating Immersive Digital Gallery, which demonstrates the versatility and unlimited possibilities of delivering spectacular experiences.

“It is also heartening that museums and public spaces are embracing visual technology and offering people new and unprecedented ways to experience cultural heritage.”

Earlier this month, Christie also announced that it has provided 85 laser projectors to Mexican entertainment chain Alboa.