The Frick, MoMA and the Met Join Google’s Art Project

02/01/2011 12:13 PM |

The Metropolitan Museum on Googles Art Project

Today the Museum of Modern Art announced it had joined fellow New York museums the Met (pictured) and the Frick Collection on Google’s Art Project, a fascinating web thingy that is kind of like having Google Street View inside a museum (it’s also accessibly through street view).

The three New York institutions make a grand total of 17 museums around the world that users can explore on the Art Project, although most have only digitized a couple of rooms, and even then some pieces are blurred out, presumably due to rights issues. At MoMA, for instance, two rooms in the fifth floor permanent collection of Modern art—with canvases by Cezanne, Van Gogh, Seurat, Gauguin, and others available in high-resolution—and the ground floor entryway (circa the William Kentridge and Marina Abramovic solo shows) are the only spaces on the Art Project.

Even more fun than exploring local museums (which, to be honest, isn’t all that fun, MoMA’s galleries being even uglier in Google view) is the opportunity to (re)visit institutions around the world, like Versailles, the Tate, the State Hermitage Museum and the Rijksmuseum, which, hilariously, digitized its bookstore! We’re not sure if Google’s taking requests on this one, but we’d love to visit Philadelphia’s creepy-as-hell Mütter Museum on the Art Project, please.

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