Virtual Exhibition

The title, »Virtual Exhibition« describes the attempt to explore new options for the creation of an exhibition, specifically designed for the web. The linear sequence of contents, as defined by the physical rooms, has been surmounted by the possibilities of this medium. In addition, zoom windows, pop-up picture descriptions, animations, as well as audio and video clips offer plenty of options for interaction.

Three story lines, running parallel, present the exibition objects within their cultural context. A tight net of hyperlinks illustrates the interconnection of the various realms of culture: religion makes reference to history; history finds itself again in the understanding of the landscape; the plowing of the fields requires religious rituals.

The four pictures represent the central figures from the history and religion of Bhutan: on the upper left, the Buddha Shakyamuni, the historic Buddha; on the upper right, Guru Rinpoche, the mystic coming from India; on the lower left, the unifier of the state, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel and; on the lower right, Ugyen Wangchuck, the first King of Bhutan.

The following pages of the guided tour allow a closer look into the contents of the »Virtual Exhibition«.

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The Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, the founder of the Bhutanese state in the 17th century.

Guru Rinpoche, the Buddhifier of the Himalayan region in the eighth century.

Buddha Shakyamuni, the historic Buddha, who lived and taught in northern India 500 years before our time.

Ugyen Wangchuck, who was crowned the first King of Bhutan in 1907.