What also blew me away was the new exhibition space for Contemporary Art. As part of the new space the gallery has produced an excellent iPad app - Contemporary Art. This has been made as an companion to the exhibition and is an excellent resource. I downloaded it straight away.
This is the beginning of what I can see as the new interactive exhibition experience. These types of apps could be developed for so many exhibitions at cultural institutions - galleries, museums, libraries. The more these institutions feel comfortable with this technology the more innovative and interactive these apps will become. I hope to find some more of these for another post.
Here are a couple of great apps for finding current Art Exhibitions: These are obviously local but it would take no time at all to find similar apps for your own region. I know these exist for most major cities around the world.
Contemporary Art - AGNSW
Get closer to the artwork than possible in the Gallery. Zoom into images to see fine details, discover stories of the artists and the art, and go behind the scenes with videos, interviews with leading artists and audio commentary. Featuring the John Kaldor Family Collection, the app includes some of the most important international artists of our time, such as Christo, Donald Judd, Anselm Kiefer, Jeff Koons, Nam June Paik, Robert Rauschenberg, Ugo Rondinone, and Bill Viola, alongside Australian artists like Rosemary Laing, Tracey Moffatt and Mike Parr.
The artwhatson app is a meeting place for art lovers, artists and galleries. Their e-news delivers a weekly snapshot of what’s happening in Australian art exhibitions and galleries spaces. Whether you're new to art or have been enjoying it for years this app provides a dynamic exposure to the Australian art scene. Artwhatson connects people who like art with artists and galleries.