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On 3 April 2012, Google announced a massive expansion to their Google Art Project, a move they described as “going global”. In addition to improved clarity and new capabilities, Google has also added eleven Asian museums that prominently feature contemporary art.
When Art Radar first profiled the Google Art Project in October 2011, there were seventeen participating museums with around a thousand digitised artworks. With their recently announced expansion, these numbers have skyrocketed up to 151 museums in forty countries and over 32,000 artworks in total. In addition, the new developments in the project also include improved clarity, better browsing and navigation functions, the ability to comment on works in your personal “collection” and tablet compatibility.
Dozens of Asian museums have also been added to the project. The online collections that feature a significant amount of contemporary works include:
- Hong Kong Heritage Museum
- Hong Kong Museum of Art
- Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art in Beijing
- National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
- National Heritage Board of Singapore
- Korean Art Museum Association
- Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Qatar
- Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
- Adachi Museum of Art
- Art Gallery of New South Wales
- Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tāmaki
The Google Art Project, first launched in February 2011, features thousands of high-resolution digitised artworks, a Museum View function that allows you to virtually stroll through the halls of your favourite museums, and the ability to assemble your own digital “collection”. While purists still rally against the idea that looking at so many pixels can match the in-person experience of art, Google has made significant progress towards their goal to make art and culture accessible to a global audience.
- What is ahead for contemporary Asian art, 2012 and beyond? Part IV – February 2012 – part of our trends series that looks at other online platforms that empower the viewer
- What is the use of Google Art Project? – October 2012 – a more detailed look at some of the project’s capabilities
- 3D digital art catalogues soon a reality – TED video demonstration – September 2011 – how new tablet technology may revolutionise how we engage with art
- Exhibition missed? National Art Gallery Singapore has solution – resource alert – August 2011 – the Singapore museum creates its own virtual tour in a similar vein to Google Art Project
- Art and the Internet: 3 top posts form 2010 to 2011 – July 2011 – a summary list of some of our other popular articles on art and the web
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