博物館是人類文明之窗，從各地文明瑰寶乃至現代結合科技的新媒體藝術，都能在博物館內讓人一探究竟。 「故宮南院奇幻嘉年華：21 世紀博物館特展 」為故宮邀集法國羅浮宮、英國泰特現代藝術館、法國橘園美術館、德國舊國家美術館、捷克慕夏基金會共同策劃，即將帶給大家一場虛實整合的文明奇幻之旅！
嘉年華 (Carnival) 廣泛代稱慶典，源自中世紀 「狂歡節 」。屬於東方的歡樂節慶，可在歷代風俗畫中窺見，而 20 世紀蘇聯思想家巴赫金認為 「狂歡節 」亦是一場精神感官的釋放，呼應本次策展以 「新媒體藝術 」獻給觀眾一 場穿梭文明珍奇的 「幻境狂歡 」。本展除了呈現故宮近年屢獲國際大獎的虛擬實境、擴增實境及混合實境，更結合 來自多座世界頂尖博物館的精彩虛擬實境製作。展覽以故宮近年豐碩的新媒體藝術為主軸，規劃 「璀璨光河 」 、 「故宮啟航 」 、 「羅浮宮驛站 」「美學世界 」四大展區，展覽更以 「奇」字象徵博物館的珍奇藏品，「幻」字則開展科 技世界下的虛擬幻境，交織一場虛實共舞的流動盛宴。
步入展區，首先映入眼簾的是 「璀璨光河 」區，以全像動態投影營造時空流瀉之感，揭開本展覽之數位幻境的 時空光河。 「故宮啟航 」區邀請觀眾搭上啟航的大船，踏上一段穿梭古今的旅程，無論是沈浸於院藏懷素狂草名作 〈自敘帖 VR 〉，親歷疾風勁雨的筆墨世界、轉身可跳進清院本 〈清明上河圖 VR 〉，感受汴京風華；或可 「走入畫中 」 一窺體感互動劇場，領略體驗畫中可行、可望、可遊、可居的理想境界。 「羅浮宮驛站 」將巨獻為紀念達文西逝世 500 週年所推出的 〈蒙娜麗莎: 越界視野VR〉，觀眾可穿越畫作的強化玻璃，走入作品背後的世紀謎團。 「美學世界 」區則展出法國橘園美術館 〈莫內：傾慕睡蓮 VR〉，觀者可縱身潛入莫內筆下的睡蓮池，穿梭吉維尼花園；〈海邊的修道士 VR 〉引領觀眾遇上德國浪漫主義的曠野哲思；或可尋訪 〈赭石工作室：莫迪里亞尼VR體驗〉，微觀 畫家的棲居空間；本次展覽亦將全球首展捷克慕夏基金會 〈原鄉的斯拉夫人VR〉，邀您置身一部包含傳說、真實歷 史、戰爭、人物的傳奇世界。
Museums are windows into human civilization. From the cultural heritage and treasures of the four continents to the modern integration of new media technology, museums allow visitors to explore almost any topic imaginable. A CARNIVAL OF FANTASIES: A Special Exhibition of 21st Century Museums at the Southern Branch of the NPM is co-organized by the National Palace Museum (NPM), Musée du Louvre, Tate Modern, Musée de l'Orangerie, Alte Nationalgalerie, and the Mucha Foundation. It will soon send you on a fantastic journey through civilization across the physical and virtual realms.
The word "carnival" originated from the medieval period and is widely used to mean "celebration," while festivals in the East can also be found in genre paintings throughout history. Mikhail Bakhtin, the 20th Century Soviet philosopher, believed that "carnivals" were a release of the spirit and senses. Bakhtin's ideas cohere nicely with the exhibition theme as new media art brings visitors a perception of illusion and polysensory experiences. In addition to presenting the National Palace Museum's award-winning virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR) programs and other new media artworks, the exhibition will also feature incredible virtual reality experiences from leading museums around the world. This exhibition is divided into four sections: "River of Time," "NPM Voyage," "The Louvre Station" and "Aesthetic World". The other worldly features of the exhibited works are also embedded in the exhibition's Chinese title, with the word " 奇 " symbolizing the museum's rare and invaluable collections, and the word " 幻 " referring to the virtual fantasies created with modern technology.
As we enter the exhibition, we will first step into "River of Time," wherein space and time unfold through dynamic projections, illuminating a pathway into the digital fantasies presented in this exhibition. "NPM Voyage" welcomes visitors to board a "sailing vessel" on a journey back in time. In this section, visitors can immerse themselves in the VR recreation of Huai-Su's Autobiography and experience the unrestrained spirit of wild cursive script, or step into the immersive VR recreation of Up the River During Qingming and revel in the scenery along the historical Bian River. Visitors can also experience the majestic vitality of the classical Chinese landscape and its aesthetic capacity "to amble, to behold, to wander, and to abide" in the interactive theater Into the Painting. At "the Louvre Station," visitors approach Mona Lisa: Beyond the Glass, a VR production created to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death. The VR experience enables visitors to go beyond the painting's tempered glass case and walk straight into the mystery hidden within the masterpiece. In "Aesthetic World," Musée de l'Orangerie's Claude Monet – The Water Lily Obsession invites viewers to visit Monet's garden in Giverny and enter the water-lily pond beautifully painted by Monet. Further into this section, audience members encounter the expansive landscapes of German romanticism with Alte Nationalgalerie's Monk by the Sea; while the Tate Modern's Modigliani VR Experience: The Ochre Atelier takes viewers into the final Parisian studio and home of the modernist painter. Mucha's The Slavs in Their Original Homeland from the Mucha Foundation will also make its world premiere in this exhibition and guarantee an epic journey filled with history, battles, and characters from the legendary painting series.