Google today announced a partnership with the Indianapolis Museum of Art to bring its pioneering Art Project to Indianapolis. The Google Art Project (www.googleartproject.com) is an online collection of high-resolution artworks from institutions around the world.
The partnership with the IMA is part of a major global expansion of the project, which now counts 151 partners in 40 countries. In the United States alone, 29 partners in 16 cities are participating, ranging from regional museums to university galleries. With Google Art Project, art lovers can discover not just paintings, but also sculpture, street art, and photographs. Creations from a wide variety of cultures and civilizations are represented, including Brazilian street graffiti, Islamic decorative arts and ancient African rock art.
“As a Google Art Project partner, the Indianapolis Museum of Art will showcase more than 200 pieces from its permanent collection,” said Rachel Craft, IMA Director of Publishing and Media. “We are honored to be a part of this program, which is a perfect fit for the IMA’s institutional focus on sharing in-depth art content through technology.”
Users can explore IMA collection highlights including Flageolet Player on the Cliff by Paul Gauguin, Landscape at Saint-Remy (Enclosed Field with Peasant) by Vincent van Gogh, The Fifth Plague of Egypt by J. M. W. Turner, Hotel Lobby by Edward Hopper, The Boy by Amedeo Modigliani, Imperial Russian court dress designed by Charles Frederick Worth, and Magbo helmet mask for Oro association by Onabanjo of Itu Meko.
High-resolution images of the more than 200 artworks from the IMA’s collection are paired with text and video content. Users can then click through to visit the IMA’s website to find more content about the works.
A wide range of institutions, large and small, traditional art museums as well as less traditional settings for great art, are represented in the expanded Art Project. Partners include the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar and the National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi. All told, more than 30,000 high resolution objects are available, up from the original launch with 1,000 in only nine museums.
“The new expanded Art Project demonstrates our commitment to all types of art – and cultures and civilizations all across the globe,” said Amit Sood, Head of Art Project, Google. “The Art Project is no longer just about the Indian student wanting to visit Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It is now also about the American student wanting to visit the National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi.”