Dutch Perspective on December 5, 2006:
“Now I’m imagining a grand museum—a collaboration between the world’s greatest museums perhaps?—where Second Life residents can roam through virtual galleries, where paintings are replaced by high-resolution images […] This museum has lecture rooms, where world-famous curators or art historians can lecture before an audience of Second Life residents. This museum has discussion rooms, where art aficionados can discuss their opinions about artists and art. Teachers can guide students around and stop by works of art that fit their lesson plans; visitors can go on a guided tour with knowledgeable volunteers.”
Opening of the virtual Dresden Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Second Life on Wednesday 30th May 2007:
“The magnificent rooms of the museum are reproduced true to scale, and all 750 masterpieces in the exhibition are on display. The doors are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Visitors can view the art, chat with each other, access information about the works of art, participate in art education events, note their impressions in the guestbook or browse in the shop – all in real time.”
Update: When I mentioned classical music and Second Life in November of 2006, I didn’t realize that, of course, you don’t have to create 100 avatars for an orchestra. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic proves this: they have recreated its concert hall and will offer video streaming to 100 lucky Second Life residents, including two premieres!
The news above and the fact that classical music is finding its way into Second Life is for me reason to check out the virtual world once again, after months of neglect. Great to see art being pioneered in there!