Here’s a story about how 3D printing can kill the museum star. Did it ever bother you that you can only see the work of great painters in a museum? Probably not, because there has never been a way to do things differently. However, 3D printing has the ability to change the art system.
Have you ever thought about the idea of printing a real painting, so you can have your own lifelike, three dimensional copy of a Van Gogh or Rembrandt canvas? That sounds a lot better than having a normal, 2D copy on your wall. Fujifilm can make this possible nowadays. The company worked for several years on a project called ‘Reliefography’, concerning adding 3D elements to the print of a painting. Think about the relief of the individual brush strokes, but also about perfectly copying the frame, colors, canvas and brightness of a painting. Such a 3D print is called a ‘Relievo’. The picture below is a Relievo of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers.
Below you can see a picture of the real painting. Maybe the light of the picture is a little different, but apart from that can you see any differences? Honestly, we can’t. Therefore, we think Fujifilm did a great job. However, the big question is: will 3D printing democratize art? In other words: will 3D printing kill the museum star? Well, this will probably go a little too far, but only time can tell.
If you would like to read more about the Fujifilm project, you can check out this page.