The Art Project is a collaboration between Google and a select group of international art partners. Using a combination of various Google technologies and expert information provided by the participating institutions, Google has created a unique online art experience. Users can explore a wide range of artworks at brushstroke level detail and build their own collections to share.
Currently there are 151 museums in 40 countries across the world participating in the project. Together they provide access to 6000 artists and 32,000 works.
The news was announced at a special launch party at the Musee D’Orsay in Paris this week. Works from the AGO’s collection include Canadian greats such as Cornelius Krieghoff, Alexander Henderson, Emily Carr and Edward Burtynsky as well as works from European painters such as Paul Gauguin, Frans Hals and James Tissot.
“The Google Art Project is an unprecedented initiative as it involves so many international art institutions,” said the AGO’s Michael and Sonja Koerner director, and CEO, Matthew Teitelbaum There’s something new, and something very exciting about bringing all of those masterpieces together in an imaginary museum. The project reinforces the idea that museums are fun places to be that are filled with magnificent works of art. If this increases visitation, then the Google Art Project will be a very effective tool to promote museums and art galleries.”
Some photographs from the Google Art Project launch party in Paris
Photos © Virginia Vuleta 2012