Major subsidy from the Ministry of ECS for ALMA project
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has received a subsidy of €250,000.00 from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science to fund the project Images Linked to Artefacts or ALMA. This project involves the digitalisation of the museum’s paper documentation system and the creation of a website in order to make the information available to researchers and the general public. The documentation system was set up in 1989 by the museum’s then curator of decorative arts, Alma Ruempol.
ALMA links decorative objects, utensils and tools from the pre-industrial period (1400-1900) to depictions of the same objects in paintings and prints of the period. This link provides the museum, but also the public and researchers, with information about the use of these objects and their meaning or symbolism within works of art. Thanks to this subsidy the museum will be able to describe and digitalise more than 2,500 objects, 1,500 prints and 300 paintings.
Initially the project will deal with objects in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s collection, but the project will eventually be broadened to include other collections and museums. The project will begin on 2 February 2009 and will take two years to complete.
The collection of pre-industrial household objects
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen houses and displays the largest collection of pre-industrial decorative objects, utensils and tools in the Netherlands including the extensive Van Beuningen-de Vriese collection of ceramics, which was donated to the museum in 1990. It is a unique collection. Many everyday objects from this period have not survived; they were simply thrown away when they were no longer usable or when better versions came on the market. Because the museum also houses an extensive collection or more recent mass-produced items, visitors can follow the development of everyday objects from the Middle Ages, via the Industrial Revolution to contemporary design.
The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science awards the subsidy as part of its digitalising policy. The implementation lies with SenterNovem, an agency of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. It promotes sustainable development and innovation by building bridges between the market and government within the Netherlands and abroad.
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