Exhibitions of real life artworks in Second Life often seem less successful than real life artworks exhibited in real life, or virtual artworks being exhibited in the virtual world. Perhaps the conundrum rests in part on the relatively low resolution (1024x1024 pixels maximum) that prohibits a truly high definition view of artwork in Second Life, or perhaps it's the way in which art is displayed. If it's the latter, then the Vordun Museum and Gallery has tackled the challenge admirably, as organizer and curator Jake Vordun has created a truly gorgeous space for exhibitions that is sure to delight any visitor. The Vordun features a large main gallery (pictured above) and two smaller spaces (lower two images), in addition to a gift shop; attractive sculptures by Jake are situated in the front garden of the museum.
Visitors will want to accept the experience as they arrive, permitting the attachment of a HUD for in-depth audio commentary. The large main gallery currently features European Masters: 300 Years of Painting, an exhibition that features historic paintings from 1500 through 1799 by artists such as van Eyk, Vélazquez, Rembrandt, Bruegel, Arcimboldo, Gainsborough, Rubens and Holbein. In the adjacent South Wing, showing until October 9, is A Night to Remember, an immersive exhibition that explores the ship Titanic and its fateful maiden voyage. "Upon entrance, visitors will receive a card with the name, age and class of an actual Titanic passenger," says Jake. "They'll then begin their chronological journey through six galleries, moving from the ship's constructions, to life on board, to its ill-fated strike of an iceberg. In the final gallery, guests can take their boarding pass to the memorial wall and discover the actual fate of their passenger." And in the smaller North Wing is an exhibition of images, Lip Service, by Celeste Forwzy (a.k.a. Jim), which will remain on display until September 19. If you enjoy your visit, please consider leaving a contribution in support of the Vordun, and visit the museum's website for current information.