The DNP Kyoto Uzumasa Cultural Heritage Gallery opened on October 9, 2014 as an art centre showcasing Dai Nippon Printing (DNP)'s digital archives solutions, which encapsulate Tomorrow's Basic in the field of cultural heritage.
Cultural heritage is defined as tangible record of human activity at a given time and place. Exploring this repository of human wisdom and ingenuity can provide us with valuable clues for pioneering the world of the future. In order to transmit this heritage to future generations, we believe it is essential to convert it into universally accessible data and to present it in a readily understandable form. DNP will continue to propose such new rendering and communication tools for cultural heritage, convinced that "Today's Innovation is Tomorrow's Basic".
Since its founding, DNP has nurtured a wide range of information media technologies and solutions – from printing to digital and networked systems combining text and image. At the gallery are featured three different initiatives that apply and deploy these technologies to cultural heritage archiving and art appreciation, i.e. the Kyoto Cultural Heritage Archive, Louvre - DNP Museum Lab, and the DNP Foundation for Cultural Promotion Archive Project. Come and experience several of "Tomorrow's Basics" proposed by DNP for cultural heritage, including the Denshoubi high resolution images and digital reproductions of some of Kyoto's most renowned cultural treasures, and interactive multimedia systems developed as part of a joint project between DNP and the Musée du Louvre to investigate new approaches to art viewing.
This project was initiated in 2014 as a partnership among DNP, the Tomorrow's Kyoto Cultural Heritage Platform and Mainichi Broadcasting System (MBS), as an effort to contribute to the preservation and the transmission of the glorious tangible and intangible cultural heritage of Kyoto. High-resolution digital images of the precious cultural heritage of the city and its surroundings, starting with the seventeen temples and palaces inscribed in the World Cultural Heritage List as "Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto" are being recorded and safekept, hoping they will be used in all kinds of events and educational programs dealing with the theme of preservation and transmission of cultural heritage, thus serving to connect today's knowledge holders of a several-centuries-old inestimable tradition with individuals interested in carrying out that heritage into the future.
Musée du Louvre Department of Paintings
This joint project between DNP and the Musée du Louvre is an initiative which aims at exploring new ways of appreciating artworks from a variety of perspectives, by making the best use of DNP's technologies and expertise in communicating and spreading information. Since its inception in 2006, approximately one hundred interactive multimedia systems to assist visitors in their discovery of artworks have been developed through the Louvre - DNP Museum Lab project, some of which are now installed in the Louvre permanent collection rooms in Paris. Another significant endeavor of the project is to utilize digital technologies for the development of art education materials, intended for instance for classroom instruction or educational outreach programs by museums and galleries, seeking thus to contribute to the broadening of opportunities for art appreciation by the general public.
The DNP Foundation for Cultural Promotion possesses a collection of some 90,000 works and related materials by leading graphic designers of postwar Japan, beginning with figures such as Tanaka Ikko. The Archive Project aims at constructing a world-class information and research center on graphic design and graphic arts, encompassing ultra-high resolution digital imaging of design artworks, an archive database open to interfacing with other research institutions, recorded interviews with designers and other relevant individuals, etc.
Combining high-definition digital technologies from image capture and processing to printing with materials technologies including specially developed Japanese paper and gold-leaf grounds, DNP has achieved precise reproductions of cultural heritage artworks whose archival durability ensures they will be passed over to later generations. Such reproductions will satisfy the demands of art-historical research on Japanese paintings.
DNP has used special equipment to capture and collect images with a clarity and sharpness difficult to achieve even with high resolution television, for a viewing experience that delivers the essence of moving pictures. DNP will establish and maintain an image archive responsive to cutting-edge imaging technology and a keen awareness of developments in cross-platform media.
These information systems are designed to meet the needs of viewers of diverse languages, ages, and cultural backgrounds by providing intuitive operations and user-friendly interfaces that erase the sense of operating a computer. They enable specialized and complex information difficult to convey in wall panels or pamphlets to be presented in an easily understandable manner, inviting users' interest and deepening their understanding through direct experience.
|Opened||:||October 9, 2014|
|Address||:||10 Uzumasa Kamikeibuchō, Ukyō-ku, Kyoto 616-8533|
|F a x||:||075-871-1267|
|Planning and management||:||Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.|
|Hours||:||11:00 am—7:00 pm (—6:00 pm on Saturdays)|
|Closed||:||Sundays, national holidays, and during changes of exhibits at the associated Kyoto ddd gallery|