The National Gallery Of Canada Announces New AR Exhibition

The National Gallery of Canada has announced a number of new exhibitions including one that will leverage augmented reality (AR) technology to offer viewers a richer viewing experience. Titled Anthropocene, the exhibition will explore the impact of human activity on the Earth through a number of different medias, with the AR component allowing viewers to become immersed within the exhibition.

National Gallery of Canada

The new Anthropocene exhibition is a multimedia display featuring work by renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky and multiple award-winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier. The exhibition is set to open on September 28th, 2018. Viewers will be able to witness striking, and sometimes disturbing, images of human-altered landscapes that the artists have encountered during their cross-continental travels. The use of photographs, film, HiRes murals, installations and AR technology combine to shine light on these dramatic transformations, demonstrating through art the scale and gravity of humanity’s collective impact on the planet.

The Anthropocene exhibition will be on view until February 24th, 2019 and has been organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada (CPI), in partnership with Fondazione MAST.


“We wished to strike a good balance in the exhibitions that the National Gallery of Canada will present this fall. While some invite us to enjoy the pioneering brilliance of historical figures, others provide hard evidence that human agency has transformed our planet,” said Director and CEO Marc Mayer. “Widely celebrated artist Edward Burtynsky, and equally admired filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, for example, will launch a new collaboration with visually arresting and indeed alarming works that are unlike anything we have ever exhibited at the Gallery.”

The three artists have used a variety of different techniques to create their spectacular and compelling work which will be open to viewers as a stunning immersive experience. Their will be a mobile app made available in advance of the opening of the exhibition for both iOS and Android devices in the coming weeks, with more details on that to be found at the National Gallery of Canada’s website. VRFocus will be sure to keep you up to date on all the latest from the exhibition so make sure to stay tuned for more.