The National Gallery of Canada Opens World Leading Computer Facitlity
Ottawa, Canada - May 18, 1999
After an intensively active two years of research and development, the National Gallery of Canada is proud to announce the opening of CyberMuse, an inter-active education facility that provides new and easy access to the Gallery's collection using new media technology.
CyberMuse is the most advanced system of its kind in the world, offering an innovative and entertaining way to learn about the art and artists represented in the collection of the National Gallery. It has the capacity to expand and add new functionality, truly launching the Gallery into the digital age.
Users will access comprehensive information and high-quality reproductions of some of the Gallery's collection of 42,000 works of art. CyberMuse includes on-line virtual tours of the collections, artists' biographies, audio and video interviews with artists and curators, video animation and much more.
CyberMuse is located in a hi-tech facility near the Great Hall, which features eight computer work stations with free access to the public. Visitors, particularly teachers and students, will benefit from access to CyberMuse via the Gallery's recently redesigned Web site located at http://national.gallery.ca./
" The opening of CyberMuse is the realization of one of the National Gallery's most exciting and ambitious projects in recent years. American Express has been a valued partner with us, having sponsored exhibitions and events over several years, including Museums Day 1999. We are extremely grateful for their longstanding commitment to the arts and now, for their invaluable support in bringing CyberMuse to Canada, " stated Pierre Théberge, Director of the National Gallery of Canada.
" Thanks to the partnership with American Express, the Gallery now has an important new outreach tool that promises to make Canada's national art collection more accessible than ever before. "
CyberMuse is modelled on similar facilities at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and at the National Gallery in London, England. Both these ventures were supported by the American Express Foundation. Canada's CyberMuse takes the concept a significant step further in terms of quality and depth of information. It is also the only system that offers immediate access via the Internet, thanks largely to a technological partnership with Silicon Graphics Canada.
" We are extremely proud to have provided the initial inspiration for this fascinating new technological phenomenon known as CyberMuse, " declared Alan Stark, President and General Manager of Amex Canada Inc. " When we announced our financial support of the project two years ago, it represented our largest philanthropic sponsorship in Canada to date. To see it now come to fruition, and surpass all our expectations is a credit to the vision and dedication of the Gallery staff, who have made this facility the best of its kind in the world. "
Admission to CyberMuse as well as to the permanent collection is free for everyone, every day.
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