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.

A screenshot of a detail of Bum-su Kim, 'Contact', 2008, movie film, acrylic, resin. From the Korean Art Museum Association's Google Art Project collection.

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.

Screenshot of a virtual tour at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.

Dozens of Asian museums have also been added to the project. The online collections that feature a significant amount of contemporary works include:

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.


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By Brittney

Brittney is a writer, curator and contemporary art gallerist. Born in Singapore and based in New York City, Brittney maintains a deep interest in the contemporary art landscape of Southeast Asia. This is combined with an equally strong interest in contemporary art from the Asian diasporas, alongside the issues of identity, transmigration and global relations.

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