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The Art of Video Games: A Sneak Peek
October 20, 2011

The Art of Video Games exhibition (opening March 16, 2012) will highlight images and footage from the 80 games that won the public vote in April, as well as five games that will be available for visitors to play for a few minutes.

The exhibition also will include sketches and concept art from a small selection of games. We don't want to give too much away before the show opens, but here is a sneak peek at three of the artworks that will be featured:

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Concept art (Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots), © 2008 Konami Digital Entertainment.

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Sonic Team, Sonic and Knuckles, 1993, © SEGA. All Rights Reserved.

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Michael Zimmerman, Dragon (Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth II), 2005, © 2010 Electronic Arts Inc. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

If you are as excited about The Art of Video Games as we are, be sure to check out the Exhibition Credits. You can get your name in this historic exhibition for just $10!

Posted by Georgina on October 20, 2011 in American Art Here, Museums & Technology


These are very nice artworks. I'm personally impressed with the dragon illustration. Great post!

Wow! Loving the concept art on Metal Gear Solid 4, almost manga in style. And the Sonic one, well that's just pure nostalgia and classic. Brilliant idea for an exhibition. There really is a place for video games in the art world.

I sincerely hope the artist who did the character design, promotional artwork, and box cover's for the first 5 Final Fantasy games donates a few of his character model's or game cover's to the exhibition. Yoshitaka Amano has a really eye-catching art style which is tailor made for Japanese fantasy games and comics and it could really help both him and the Smithsonian if he allowed the American Art Museum to sell some of his video game concept art collections.

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