QR codes are a handy way to visit Paris. The Paris transportation system (RATP) uses the code at the bus stops. The Arts and Decoratifs Museum uses the codes for some of their exhibits. Two QR code readers available for my smart phone are Mobiletag and QRReader.
Until January 5, 2014 at the Musée des Arts décoratifs, bring your smartphone with a QR code app. Using the QR code and the museum’s WiFi to tour the exhibit “Trompe-l’œil, Imitations, pastiches et autres illusions” (click on the UK flag for English). The explanation of objects on display comes up in both French and English with a photo. Save the information and read again later. This is a “thumbs up” exhibition. You will never look at linoleum the same ever again! and you may learn about the origin of toilet-related phrases of sitting on the stool.
Use the code from home
I took some photographs of the exhibition codes, held my phone up to my computer at home and it works! I could re-visit the highlights.
The museum is one of four museums and learning centers taking part in the QR code experiment. The five include Les Arts décoratifs, Le Pays d’art et d’histoire de la vallée de la Dordogne lotoise, Le Cube, Le Clavim, Issy Média, Le musée français de la Carte à jouer.
After a visit to the exhibition you will look at displays in the Arts décoratifs and other museums with a new eye. Lion heads on chair feet jump out at you. Fish swimming on plates almost look alive and that face in the mirror is just an illusion.
And if you don’t know when that next bus is coming, whip out the smartphone. More and more, Paris is using QR codes.
[Qr]iosité is a software technology used to automatically update information using QR codes.
Slideshow of the exhibit from the Musée des Arts décoratifs
Photo gallery virtual or should I say trompe l’œil visit ….
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