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google art project

Thanks to cooperation between Google and Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź and the Wilanów Palace Museum, the collections of the two latter institutions can now be viewed as a part of a new global Internet platform Art Project. Starting now, within Art Project makes it available to view collections of over 150 museums from 40 countries, including works in high resolution. 

Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, one of the world's oldest institutions collecting and promoting avant-garde art, presents 80 works on the Art Project platform, including a vast collection of the works dating back to the early 20th century.

Participation in Google Art Project is a great opportunity for Muzeum Sztuki to widen the circle of its audience and reaching them on a global scale. The selection of works of art include those of the end of the 19th century, focusing on the 20th century and reaching the beginnings of the 21st c. With the help of the selection we want to draw the Internet users' attention to the currents and tendencies in modern and contemporary art that are essential for us, at the same time remembering its 19th c. roots, says Małgorzata Ludwisiak, Deputy Director of Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź. Our selection includes such artists as: S. I. Witkiewicz, K. Hiller, M. Szczuka, T. Kantor, A. Starczewski, J. Dobkowski, R. Modzelewski, and it will go on to feature other names important for our collection in the future. 

The Wilanów Palace Museum made 55 works of art from their collection available as a part of Art Project. They include Pompeo Batoni's Apollo and Two Muses and Jacques-Louis David's Portrait of Stanisław Kostka Potocki on Horseback. All works can be viewed in high quality of at least several megapixels.

We are an open museum. We follow the thought of Stanisław Kostka Potocki, who made his collection available to the audiences as early as in 1805. Today it is difficult not to take the opportunity offered by Google Art Project which allows us to open the museum even wider in virtual space, says Paweł Jaskanis, Director of the Wilanów Palace Museum. We were convinced by the fact that the project is not about showing our collection to a very numerous audience but that it also gives us a chance to provide commentary for the works, recommend our films available at YouTube and encourage users to visit the museum website.

Nowadays it is difficult to speak of reaching a potential recipient of cultural o0ffer without using the tools of electronic communication. Moreover, in my opinion, using the Internet for promoting and disseminating culture is simply a necessity today. That is why it is so important to invest in digitalisation of national heritage and in promotion of museum offer on the web. It is worth noticing, however, that the possibility of seeing a work online can only be an incentive for seeing them in reality, it cannot replace contact with art, 
says dr Monika Smoleń, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. The concept of Art Project executed by Google is one of the forms of reaching a wide group of people interested in high art that was closed within museum walls until recently. Considering Google's undoubted popularity, the chance of increasing interest in museum offer rise significantly. That is why I am delighted to see two polish institutions – the Wilanów Palace Museum and Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź – are now joining the most prestigious museums in the world participating in the project.

Starting today, Art Project includes collections of 151 partner institutions in 40 countries. Apart from the Polish museums Art Project enables access to the collections of world's best known museums such as Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Musee d'Orsay in Paris, as well as collections of many interesting institutions from all over the world, e.g. Museum of Islamic Art. in Doha, Qatar and National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi. Art lovers can now, with just a few clicks, discover not only paintings but also sculptures, street art. and photography. The new extended edition of Art Project includes many small and large institutions: from traditional galleries to more unconventional places where art. is presented. The project now covers works of art from a wide range of cultures and civilisations, e.g. Brazilian street graffiti, Islamic functional art and ancient African rock art.

As a part of the Art Project platform, more than 30.000 works of art are available for viewing (The first stage of the project, in February 2011, 1.000 works from nine museums were accessible in high quality), including several dozens of works in high quality resolution. Virtual walks around museum rooms of 46 institutions, whose number is still growing, are available in Street View. Street View photos are now shown in a better quality. 

Significant improvements have also been introduced to the Art Project platform. Users can browse the contents by artist’s name, title of work, genre, museum, country, collection and era. The Art Project website had been integrated with Google+ and such services as Meetings (live video chats), users have also gained tool s to create their own art collections and sharing them with other Internet users.

- Google Art Project is an initiative of Google Cultural Institute in Paris, created last year. Thanks to combining advanced Google technologies with expert knowledge and collections of partner museums a modern platform has been created that enables presenting art on the Internet. Art Project makes it possible for leading museums all over the world to pursue their mission in Internet space as well. I believe that establishing cooperation with Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź and the Wilanów Palace Museum – the first Polish partners in Google Art Project – will contribute to discovering Polish art by Internet users all over the world, says Agata Wacławik-Wejman, Director of Government Relations at Google.

Art Project by Google is available at www.googleartproject.com