Ruiguang Li


The Impact of Digital Art Exhibition Development

Digital exhibition screen
Ai Weiwei 360
2016 Royal Academy of Arts

This article is about some thoughts caused by the global coronavirus outbreak in 2020, most industries are affected, and the art industry is almost stagnant. During the epidemic, most museums, art galleries and art fairs have put their exhibitions online, which is essentially digitising artworks. Can digital art exhibitions replace traditional exhibitions? This is the question this article attempts to answer. This article discusses whether digital art exhibitions can replace traditional exhibitions from four aspects: the definition of digital art, the development of digital art exhibitions, the influence of digital art exhibitions, and the challenges faced by digital art exhibitions. I collected the public and art practitioners’ views on the digital art exhibition through a questionnaire survey, this data was then analysed to  discover new developments in digital art exhibitions.

The Main Conclusion

The digital art museum in the era of big data is not an independent art museum.  Art museums in the era of big data have developing to form new characteristics. The museum still houses works of art and has the functions of collection, exhibition, education, and research, but because of the development of technology, forms of display form have changed. The change in the form of art museums is in line with the trend of art development. We see that new media art is no longer sufficient to satisfy the scope of artistic expression. The integration of art and technology has become a new wave of artistic production. More and more art museums are beginning to discuss collecting data and formulating new media art collection plans. When art becomes data, digital art museums are the carrier. One new approach may be that audiences stay at home using  Virtual Reality technology to access exhibition and  collections in any art museum. The digital art museum makes the art museum that can be “taken home”.


  1. Abstract                                                         

2. Background

  2.1Global Outbreak of Coronavirus

   2.2  Art industry’s response

3. Digital Art

  3.1The development of digital art

  3.2 Digital Art and New Media Art

  3.3 Application of digital art

4. The impact of digital art exhibition 

  4.1 The development of digital exhibition

  4.2 Impact on art work

  4.3 Impact on education method

  4.4 Impact on exhibition space

  4.5 Impact on way of viewing

  4.6 Impact on the audience

5. Challenges facing digital art exhibition

  5.1 Real and virtual

  5.2 Sensibility and Reason

  5.3 Entertainment and Education

6. Conclusion

7. Reference

8. Appendix