Yemisi Shyllon Museum of Art partners with Google Arts & Culture to bring you masterpieces


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By Élisabeth Osayande

You may no longer need to visit the Yemisi Shyllon Art Museum at Pan Atlantic University, YSMA-PAU to experience the beauty of creativity in the forms of painting, sculpture and other artefacts. Arts and crafts.

Thanks to the partnership between the Yemisi Shyllon Art Museum at Pan Atlantic University and Google Arts and Culture, more than 150 artifacts from the former have been viewed online.

According to YSMA Communications and Advancement Manager Madonna Iloba, this new virtual exhibition will allow everyone to see masterpieces by Ben Enwonwu, Lamidi Fakeye, Nike Davies-Okundaye, Olawunmi Banjo, Bruce Onabrakpeya , Ben Osaghae and many other museum treasures in just a few clicks.

Speaking on the new innovation, Iloba said, “We are happy and proud of the opportunity to partner with one of the most popular online platforms for art and culture. As an art museum with an educational mission, this project serves as a catalyst for YSMA to serve and engage diverse audiences.

“At YSMA, we want to inspire discovery, knowledge exchange and critical thinking, while providing a rich and enjoyable visitor experience. One of the ways to achieve this is with the Art Camera, which will allow our audience to connect with our works and explore them in a way like never before, without physically coming to YSMA.

“Rather than waiting for you to physically visit YSMA, we are partnering with Google Arts & Culture to bring YSMA to you, wherever you are. Thanks to the Art Camera and special digital exhibits, viewers can see images in the highest resolution ever, and we’re very excited about it.

“This project will serve as a springboard to advance YSMA’s goal of becoming an even more valuable and useful cultural and educational resource (in online and offline spaces) for local and international communities. The YSMA-PAU spokesperson explained.

Describing how the online engagement of creativity will unfold, Iloba noted that some of the most significant exhibits included: The Bronzes of Benin; Nike Davies-Okundaye’s “Life Cycle” and Uche Okeke’s “The Conflict”.

She added that works of art can now be viewed in a definition never seen before thanks to the Art Camera, a powerful camera that digitizes works of art in ultra high resolution. Viewers can explore works of art in extraordinary detail and experience them far beyond what is visible to the naked eye;

“With the Street View feature, people can now virtually move around the Yemisi Shyllon Art Museum and explore its architecture and artwork.

A specially designed Street View ‘cart’ took 360 degree images of selected galleries which were then put together, allowing smooth navigation through several exhibition areas within the museum, highlighting works like the Benin bronzes , the 14 Stations of the Cross by Bruce Onabrakpeya, works by Victor Ekpuk, among many others; and

“26 specially curated virtual exhibitions were organized by experts from the Yemisi Shyllon Art Museum at Pan-Atlantic University. The exhibitions invite spectators on a llllll highlighting the iconic architectural character of YSMA and the objects housed there. She repeated.

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