From January 2011 until 2013 Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen works on the project DCA (Digitising Contemporary Art for Europeana). As part of this digitisation project, the museum will digitalise 425 important installations, sculptures and assemblages by contemporary artists.
The museum has a large collection of contemporary works of art. These artworks will eventually provide broad public access to complex works of art. Most of the works will be photographed in the museum’s galleries, affording the public an opportunity to see these impressive three-dimensional works in the flesh.
The DCA has been commissioned by the European Commission. Together with 21 European museums and arts organisations, the museum will digitalise a total of 27,000 contemporary art works. The aim of the project is to increase the number of contemporary art works available via the Europeana website. DCA wishes to present contemporary art online as an important and indispensable expression of European culture. The project allows for the creation and storage of high-quality digital reproductions.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen already presents more than 5,000 art works on Europeana. This website gives the public access to the cultural heritage of European museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections in digital form. Europeana currently contains 14.6 million items and has had millions of hits since its launch in November 2008.
DCA is partially funded by the CIP-ICT Policy Support Programme of the European Union.