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North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC, Launches First iPad App – Lets Viewers Virtually Experience the Rodin Collection

May 11, 2011

The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC, launches its first official iPad app with the release of “Rodin.” The free mobile application, which is now available on the iTunes App Store, allows users to virtually experience the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation’s generous gift of 30 sculptures by French artist Auguste Rodin.

Featuring high-resolution images, a 30-minute documentary video, and commentary by Curator of European Art David Steel and Director Lawrence Wheeler, the application allows users to engage with the art of the NCMA in an entirely new way.

“In the 21st century, the way we communicate is constantly changing,” said Wheeler. “Now with the Rodin iPad app, we can reach entirely new audiences and let our visitors have access to a collection in the Museum they know and love any time they want.”

The behind-the-scenes look at the Museum’s Rodin collection includes exclusive interviews with donor Iris B. Cantor and Thomas Phifer, architect of the Museum’s new West Building, where the Rodin collection is installed. The application also offers information about Rodin’s life and essays on selected highlights, such as The Thinker and The Three Shades.

“It really opens your eyes to the collection in a whole new way by giving a behind-the-scenes view of how the gift came to be and how everything was put into place,” said Steel.

The documentary video as well as additional information on the Museum’s Rodin collection can also be accessed at (www.ncartmuseum.org/rodin) on any digital platform for free.

The NCMA is home to the most extensive collection of Rodin sculpture between Philadelphia and the West Coast. Featuring works from all phases of the master’s career, and beautifully installed both indoors and out, the collection offers visitors the opportunity to experience the depth and breadth of Rodin’s formidable genius.

The North Carolina Museum of Art’s permanent collection spans more than 5,000 years, from ancient Egypt to the present, making the institution one of the premier art museums in the Southeast. The Museum’s collection provides educational, aesthetic, intellectual, and cultural experiences for the citizens of North Carolina and beyond. The 164-acre Museum Park showcases the connection between art and nature through site-specific works of environmental art. The Museum offers changing national touring exhibitions, classes, lectures, family activities, films, and concerts.

The Museum recently opened its new gallery building, home to the permanent collection. The North Carolina Museum of Art, Lawrence J. Wheeler, director, is located at 2110 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh. It is the art museum of the State of North Carolina, Beverly Eaves Perdue, governor, and an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources, Linda A. Carlisle, secretary.

Admission to the Museum’s permanent collection and Museum Park is free. Museum hours are Tuesday–Thursday and Saturday–Sunday, 10am-5pm; Friday, 10am-9pm; Closed Monday.

For more information about the Museum, visit (www.ncartmuseum.org).


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