SSM becomes 2nd Turkish museum on Google Art Project

April 06, 2012, Friday/ 17:50:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

İstanbul’s Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM) joined the Google Art Project this week, becoming the second museum from Turkey -- following the Pera Museum -- to be featured in the online museum-visiting tool.

The Google Art Project, which initially featured 17 museums, has recently been expanded to cover 151 museums and galleries from 40 countries around the world, whose representatives attended a news conference on Tuesday to announce the project in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

SSM Secretary-General Bülent Bankacı, who was also in Paris on Tuesday, said in a written statement the museum issued on Thursday that they were glad to be part of the project along with leading museums of the world.

“This way, any museumgoer in any part of the world will be able to visit the works of art housed in the SSM. The site also presents our fellow citizens who live in various provinces of Turkey and are unable to come to the SSM with the opportunity to gain access to our museum,” Bankacı said.

However, currently only the museum’s renowned traditional calligraphy collection is available for viewing through Google Art Project, Bankacı added.

The Google Art Project uses a combination of Google technologies and expert information provided by its museum partners to provide online tours of museums and galleries around the world. Over 30,000 works of art can be viewed with a few clicks thanks to the project, which presents “artworks at brushstroke-level detail,” according to Google.

Some of the world’s leading museums and galleries featured in the Google Art Project include the Metropolitan in New York, Berlin’s Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery), Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, The State Hermitage in St. Petersburg and Tate Britain in London, among others.

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