Virtual Travel via Google’s Art Project

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 I have always been a huge fan of a great and well thought out museum.  Having been a student curator (haha, yes, I know this does not even compare) back in college, I realized that an exhibition is not simply just throwing some work up on a wall.  It is about selecting work that works well together, about considering the flow of the space, the placement of the piece, the practicalities of placing the pieces in a safe spot, of making the exhibition look clean and professional.  I guess what I am getting at is, it is difficult to curate well.  While not an art museum, one of my favorite museums I’ve been to is the Jewish Museum in Berlin.  There’s just the right amount of information, just the right amount of displays and just the right amount of interaction.  I’ll probably write about it sometime in the near future because I find it to be just that great :)  A close second is the Guggenheim in Bilbao.  Anyway for the many and many museums that I will not get a chance to go to, I love using Google’s Art Project.  While seeing a digital image of an artwork will never be as powerful as seeing it in person, this isn’t always feasible and when it is not, it is really amazing that at least we can take a virtual walk through the museum via Google.  Not only are you able to see the artworks documented in their collections, but when you press the little yellow guy, you can also ‘walk’ through some of the spaces and experience the exhibit as it was meant to be experienced (only digitally!).  I am old enough to remember living without a computer, but young enough to have spent most of my life having access to a computer and it amazes me how far the internet has come just in my own short lifetime.  And that’ll be all for my tangent on art, museums and the wonderful world wide web :)

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