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16 April 2012

Boijmans part of Google Art Project

This month, the museum has been added to the 151 museums that are taking part in the major Google Art Project with more than 30,000 works of art online!

'Apollo' Olaf Nicolai and Thonik (floor painting), 2008, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
'Apollo' Olaf Nicolai and Thonik (floor painting), 2008, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Google has entered into a collaboration with a number of Dutch museums. From this month, these include the Royal Palace Amsterdam, the Kröller-Müller Museum, the Gemeentemuseum The Hague and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Part of the collection has been made available online via the Art Project. Sjarel Ex, director of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, told the press: “We are proud to join the select group of museums in the Google Art Project. From now on, more people throughout the world can enjoy the collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.”
No less than 151 museums in 40 countries are taking part in this new technique which allows people to discover works of art in great detail, with just a few clicks of the mouse. The works online range from paintings and sculptures to street art and photos. Currently, 112 works of art from the collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen can be viewed. Visitors can literally zoom in on works by artists such as Bosch, Cézanne, Van Dyck, Van Gogh and Rubens. And also examine masterpieces such as the anonymous Norfolk triptych, ‘The three Marys at the Tomb’ by Van Eyck, which is currently under restoration, ‘The Tower of Babel’ by Bruegel and Rembrandt’s ‘Titus at his desk’. Users can search by the name of the artist or art work, the type of art, the museum, the country, the collection and the time period. Various applications are integrated in the website, so that the user can create personal galleries - their own museum with their favourite works of art, right on the computer. In addition to examining the works of art from museums throughout the world, the visitor can also take a peek into the office of Barack Obama in the White House in Washington D.C. or in the rooms of the Royal Palace in Amsterdam? Curious? Check out Google Art project.