“Google Cultural Institute”

Google Takes Viewers on Virtual Tours of Venice Biennale

Italy’s culture minister Dario Franceschini has announced that art lovers will be able to take virtual tours of the Venice Biennale thanks to the Google Cultural Institute. The Google Cultural Institute, which has been systematically putting art objects and exhibitions from major museums around the world online since it started in 2011, is now broadening its scope to include virtual tours of the international show; the Venice Biennale. The international pavilions of the Biennale can be viewed from the comfort of their homes. The collaborative partnership between the Biennale and Google puts images of nearly 4,000 artworks on view at the main venues, the Giardini and the Arsenale, online. The 56th Venice Biennale, curated by Okwui Enwezor, features 136 artists from 89 countries and is open through to 22 November 2015. Google’s virtual tours will remain viewable after the exhibition’s...

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Digital partnership between the Google Cultural Institute and the Rmn-Grand Palais

On 2 June 2015, the Réunion des musées nationaux-Grand Palais (Rmn-Grand Palais) and the Google Cultural Institute announced their partnership, established in order to promote the Grand Palais’ history and architecture. Through this partnership, Google engineers have highlighted the volumes and glass roof of the Grand Palais. For the first time, and with the help of a drone equipped with multiple cameras, the engineers have realised an aerial view using Street View technology. Almost all of the monument has been scanned, enabling Internet users to navigate the Grand Palais on Google Maps, from floor to ceiling — 45 metres in height —, both day and night. The editorial teams of the Rmn-Grand Palais have also collected almost 200 photographic and videographic documents, as well as archives in order to create twelve online virtual exhibitions, retracing the steps of the Grand Palais’ history, from its colossal construction for the Universal Exposition of 1900 up to its renovation for the third millennium. “The Grand Palais is a mythical place full of history, and we are proud to unveil the secrets to the largest number of people possible on the Internet, thanks to the Google Cultural Institute. Innovation is part of the monument’s DNA and we embrace the digital age with enthusiasm!” commented Jean-Paul Cluzel, president of Rmn-Grand Palais. “The Grand Palais is an emblematic cultural centre known for its glass ceiling and the events that it hosts, but it is also a monument of great architectural and historical wealth, that Internet users worldwide will be able to discover in an interactive way on the Internet,” added Amit Sood, director of the Google Cultural Institute. Created in May 2011, the Google Cultural Institute is a platform which aims to preserve and promote cultural heritages by making them accessible and free of charge to all, thanks to web technologies. The cultural content is chosen by its 450 partners, comprising museums, cultural institutions, and associations. The Château de Versailles was among...

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2013: The year in review

Paris, 17 December 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). 2013 was the year that the art market demonstrated its force. In the throes of an economic downturn and amidst constant technological growth and change, the art world has proven its value in 21st-century society, both economically and symbolically. This was the year that saw Banksy take up a residency on the streets of New York, the rise of the selfie as a form of photography, and the revelatory discovery of a stash of Nazi-looted artworks in a flat in Munich. While the year has been marked by staggering figures and shattering records, Art Media Agency examines whether these were merely impressive anomalies, or a sign of the market’s continued strength. On 12 November, the art world was shaken by the sale of a Francis Bacon triptych for $142.4 million at Christie’s New York. Three Studies of Lucian Freud realised a new world record for a work of art sold at auction, but its significance has since evolved beyond this title. The triptych, along with the $105.4 million sale of Andy Warhol’s Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster), realised the following night at Sotheby’s, came to embody the resilience of today’s art market. Journalists and professionals alike were quick to project visions of huge growth across the entire market, yet in reality these sales, while impressive, only correspond to a very specific area. David Kusin, former curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and art economics specialist, explained: “What we’ve seen is that the explosive prices represent only a tiny, tiny subset of lots. […] They get all the press, but we’ve seen relatively stable hammer prices in most categories over the past few years.” While Postwar and Contemporary art prices occupy headlines all over the world, it can be easy to forget...

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Google Cultural Institute to open in Paris in September

Paris, 19 August 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). After successfully developing the Google Art Project, which now has 300 partners, Google is to continue its expansion, having announced plans to open a “physical space” for its Paris-based Cultural Institute. Amit Sood, director of the Google Cultural Institute, founded at the end of 2011, stated that the inauguration of this space – intended to be a Platform for debate and exchange – should take place in September. Sood added that the centre’s activities would remain non-for-profit, aiming to increase the access to culture. Proud of Google’s successful debut in the art world, he explained how partners themselves have approached Google with proposals for collaborations. The space is to be managaed by Laurent Gaveau, who was until now in charge of new technologies at the Château de Versailles. The new space is to occupy the ground floor of Google France’s mansion, located on Rue de Londres, in the 9th...

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