Splendor of 18th Century Rome
- By Michelle Ghadfa
- January 11, 2001
The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s exhibition presenting the grandeur of 18th century Rome was unprecedented in scale, featuring a spectacular array of paintings, sculpture, works on paper, decorative arts, architectural renderings and models. Due to the magnitude of the exhibition, the museum wanted to create an interactive kiosk that gave visitors a closer perspective on these breathtaking works to help visitors experience Rome’s impact on 18th century thought.
Night Kitchen Interactive’s kiosks presented four pathways — Gallery, Sights, People, and Art — to facilitate visitors’ exploration of the exhibition’s content.
To help capture the parallels and contrasts between ancient and “modern” 18th century Rome, Night Kitchen created more than 30 rich-media movies using images, audio, and text. The movies also focused on the parallel subjects of architecture, artists, sculpture and dignitaries during these eras.
The four pathways allowed visitors to explore the exhibition based on their individual points of interest, while cross-links prompted them to discover related objects in the physical exhibition.