A Glass Abroad

Screen Shot 2015-04-15 at 10.47.24 AMYour summer adventure in Europe now has the potential to be a bit more techy. Glass Almanac reports that France’s Grand Palais in Paris is offering for it’s new Diego Velazquez exhibit  featuring Google Glass-guided tours in parallel with the audio and multimedia guides to the Spanish master’s exhibit running through July 13. They note:

“The Glass-based tours are the work of Acoustiguide, a longtime provider of interactive content for museums, galleries and similar public facilities.”

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According to Acoustiguide, museum goers will be able to take in the art on display as well as the Glasses display augmentation of music, videos, images, and commentaries to support the enjoyment of each work. Between the comfort and the extra information, Glasses can enhance the exhibit with a fluid to and fro between the artworks and the Glass display, says Agnes Alfandari, Vice President of Digital Strategy at Acoustiguide, noting:

“The major advantage of the glasses is that you can look at the painting itself and simultaneously view or listen to audiovisual content, without this hindering viewing the picture. The glasses are simple to use and so light you completely forget you are wearing them, which enables you to concentrate on the artwork while you are shown its most interesting details.”

Screen Shot 2015-04-15 at 10.48.30 AMThis is the first time Velazquez is getting an exhibit of this extent in the City of Lights, notes Architectural Digest:

“Celebrated 17th-century painter Diego Velázquez, a master of portraiture and perspective and the leader of the Spanish school, was a fixture in the royal court of Spain for much of his life. Today his paintings are coveted by museums and private collectors around the world; a 1985 poll of artists and critics in the Illustrated London News deemed Velázquez’s Las Meninas “the world’s greatest painting.” Yet a comprehensive exhibition of his works has never been presented in France—until now.”

According to the museum, Two discovery visits with Google Glass (rental 8 euros) are scheduled on each of the following days: Wednesdays and Saturdays: 12.00 and 19.00; Sundays and Mondays: 11.00 and 19.00. Reserve now on the Grand Palais website and benefit from privileged admission (without waiting in line), or inquire at the “Audio guides” counter at the entrance to the exhibition.

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