Join us on a visit to a selection of museums online. We are going on a virtual journey to Berlin, Basel, Paris, Oslo, Warsaw and Mannheim.
Many museums are developing creative ways to virtually share their collections and exhibitions. A look at museums worldwide shows that digital offerings are growing. Today, these include access to extensive online collections, virtual tours through exhibition rooms or detailed 3D scans of exhibits, such as the Pergamon Altar in Berlin. Some museums are developing regular online events that bring together art experts and the public. In doing so, current exhibitions and related topics are published on websites, in social media or in live streams.
We’d like to present you with a selection of recent interesting offerings online. Visit virtual museums with us in Germany, Switzerland, France, Norway and Poland. We hope these will inspire you to plan an upcoming trip there.
Berlin: Battle between gods and giants
Anyone who visits the website of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin comes across an impressive selection: 15 collections can be visited online there. The SMB-digital virtual archive comprises around 250,000 objects. Various museums can be visited on a virtual tour. For example, the Bode Museum offers a tour of the ground floor and areas of the upper floor provides information for approximately 850 sculptures and paintings.
The Pergamonmuseum also opens its doors digitally. Here, the Collection of Classical Antiquities presents a 3D scan of the Pergamon Altar. This 2,000+ year old work of art, which shows the battle between Greek gods and giants, is freely accessible online. And what happens behind the scenes of the State Museums in Berlin? You may extend your visit with videos on YouTube and a blog (German only), which are updated frequently.
Potsdam: Yoga with Monet
The Barberini Museum in Potsdam offers a chance for virtual visitors to meet Claude Monet. A live tour of the museum offers online guests the opportunity to visit the Monet show “Monet: Places”, which runs until July 2020, together with a guide from the museum. Visitors can also set off alone through the exhibition on a 360 degree tour, which is also available.
What fascinated Monet about Paris, Venice or Bordighera? Why was he always drawn to the Seine for his paintings? Experts provide answers to these questions, and many more, in video interviews. Under “Barberini Kids” (German only), children present their favorite paintings from the Monet exhibition. And under the keyword “Quiet Morning”, a video coaching leads through an hour of yoga (German only) accompanied by Monet paintings.
Basel: 400 works in the virtual archive
The Fondation Beyeler is located near Basel. Anyone interested will find a wide range of digital services available on their website. A video tour provides insights into the current exhibition on Edward Hopper. In a video blog (German only) the Swiss artists Mike Müller and Patrick Frey discuss selected works of art from the museum's collection. On “Beyeler Create”, visitors of all ages will find a creative range of workshops and drawing templates digitally prepared.
Visitors can browse through the Fondation Beyeler collection via a virtual archive. It contains more than 400 works of classical modern and contemporary art. These include works by Francis Bacon, Georg Baselitz, Paul Cézanne, Marlene Dumas, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, Neo Rauch, Gerhard Richter and Andy Warhol.
Digital events from Paris
The Fondation Luis Vuitton can also be discovered from home. The Parisian museum with its impressive glass architecture houses 20th century art. Weekly digital events are held here. Every Wednesday, the curators take a look back at past exhibitions by video. Here, visitors may discover Jean-Michel Basquiat, for example.
Every Friday evening, the organizers put a concert from previous years online. Once again, music follows on Sundays with recordings from the Lang Lang masterclasses. All events that have already been broadcast are available online.
Oslo: From Edward Munch to Damien Hirst
In 2021, the new building of the National Museum in Oslo is scheduled to open. Until then, it is worth visiting the museum's website. The digital archive contains around 44,000 art objects. Among them are well-known works such as Edward Munch's “Scream”. Insights into the collection from the 20th century show Norwegian visual art with references to Nordic and foreign art in painting, sculpture, photography, video and other media.
Visitors can take a look behind-the-scenes of museum operations under “Collection Management”. This insight is exciting, because here one can follow the logistical effort required to complete the move to the new rooms of the museum.
Anyone who is already virtually in Oslo should definitely visit the collection of the Astrup Fearnley Museum. Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman, Matthew Barney, Olafur Eliasson and other contemporary artists are waiting here in the online archive.
Warsaw: Museum Workshops via Zoom conference
The National Art Gallery Zachęta is located in the center of Warsaw. The permanent collection of the Zachęta includes about 3600 works of art. These include paintings, video works, sculptures and installations. The online catalog is the best place for visitors to discover contemporary Polish art.
A virtual tour of the museum's rooms and exhibitions can be found on “Zachęta Online”. Podcasts and a selection of videos are also online here. Online workshops are held under “Zachęta Education” and visitors can take part via Zoom conference.
Mannheim goes digital
Returning from Warsaw back to Germany, our next stop is the Kunsthalle Mannheim, which gathers its digital offering on “Kuma-Digital”. The museum has been pursuing virtual projects prior to this spring and is well worth a look.
The freely accessible online collection includes works from Éduard Manet to Francis Bacon and sculptures from Auguste Rodin, Wilhelm Lehmbruck, Henry Moore, Elisabeth Tutti Veith and Richard Long, to name a few.