Access to contemporary art from Boijmans via Europeana

Press release

Access to contemporary art from Boijmans via Europeana

26 January 2011

From July 2013, important works from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s collection of contemporary art will also be accessible via Europeana, the online portal to European cultural heritage. The ‘Digitising Contemporary Art for Europeana’ (DCA) project has officially commenced the process of digitising 27,000 contemporary works of art from European collections.

The European Commission and the DCA partners, including Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, have officially launched the collaborative ‘Digitising Contemporary Art’ project, which involves 21 European museums and art institutions digitising thousands of artifacts. The aim of this project is to enhance the visibility of contemporary art on the Europeana portal. Over a 30-month period, 21 museums and art institutions will be digitising approximately 27,000 contemporary works of art and 2,000 contextual documents, so that they can be consulted via the Europeana portal.

Installations, assemblages and sculptures
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen will be digitising approximately 425 installations, sculptures and assemblages by contemporary artists in the context of the DCA project. In conjunction with the other partners, this project presents the opportunity to register and photograph complicated works of art, ultimately making them accessible to the general public. From July 2013 it will be possible to consult works from the collection by artists including Joseph Beuys, Carsten Höller, Bruce Nauman and Atelier Van Lieshout.

Digitising the collection
From 2013 it will also be possible to consult the digitised material relating to these selected works of art on the museum’s own website: The DCA project dovetails well with Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s focus on making its collection fully accessible. Soon it will not only be possible to consult the collection via, but also via This website couples pre-industrial implements with paintings and prints in which they are depicted and will go live in mid-February 2011.


Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen already presents more than 5,000 artifacts on the Europeana platform. This portal provides online access to the cultural heritage in the possession of European museums, libraries, archives and audiovisual collections. Europeana currently contains a treasury of 14.6 million objects and has registered millions of hits since its launch in November 2008. Such numbers reflect the broad interest in online access to European cultural heritage.
This is the link to the Europeana portal:

Digitising Contemporary Art for Europeana
The intention of the DCA project is to present contemporary art online as an important and indispensable expression of European culture for a wide-ranging public, by creating and preserving high-quality digital reproductions. Online access to these reproductions and related data is assured thanks to co-funding by the European Commission through its CIP-ICT PSP programme and the commitment of the 25 partners.

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