Norway’s National Gallery and Munch Museum, already cooperating on the biggest exhibition of art by Edvard Munch ever, are also joining the Google Art Project and offering digital visits on the Internet.
The project is aimed at making art and culture around the world accessible on the Internet. Visitors can take a virtual tour through the rooms of the National Gallery and Munch Museum in Oslo and zoom in to see what’s hanging on the walls.
Two of the museums’ paintings, JC Dahl’s “From Stalheim” at the National Gallery and Edvard Munch’s famed “Scream”(external links), are being shown in what’s billed as “super-high” resolution. They’re among only 62 artworks worldwide that have been photographed with “gigapixel” technology.
“This is a very fun project, and we think it will open new doors to our collection,” Audun Eckhoff, director of the National Gallery, told newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) when the project was announced last month. He doesn’t think visitors will swap a paying visit for the digital tour for the digital tour of the museum: “No, quite the contrary, we expect this will increase interest in ‘the real thing.'”
The Munch Museum joined the project last year and its director, Stein Olav Henrichsen, said their experience so far is “very good.” The project now involves 72 museums around the world that can be visited via computer.
The two Oslo museums, meanwhile, opened their real doors to visitors from all over the world over the weekend to see the largest exhibition of paintings by Edvard Munch ever. The exhibition will run through October 13.