Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen works hard on digitising and opening up the complete collection. Aim is to increase the accessibility of the collections, internally and externally and on national and international level.
The museum uses The Museum System (TMS) for this purpose. The digitizing of the collection takes place on a project basis.
In 2010 en 2011 the results of two digitising projects were presented online: Collectie Online and ALMA. The content of these websites are generated from TMS. In 2016 the Collection Online was replaced by a new website: Collection Boijmans Online.
Digitising Contemporary Art (DCA)
From January 2011 until 2013 Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen works on the project DCA (Digitising Contemporary Art for Europeana). As part of this digitisation project, the museum will digitalise 425 important installations, sculptures and assemblages by contemporary artists.
The museum has a large collection of contemporary works of art. These artworks will eventually provide broad public access to complex works of art. Most of the works will be photographed in the museum’s galleries, affording the public an opportunity to see these impressive three-dimensional works in the flesh.
The DCA has been commissioned by the European Commission. Together with 21 European museums and arts organisations, the museum will digitalise a total of 27,000 contemporary art works. The aim of the project is to increase the number of contemporary art works available via the Europeana website. DCA wishes to present contemporary art online as an important and indispensable expression of European culture. The project allows for the creation and storage of high-quality digital reproductions.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen already presents more than 5,000 art works on Europeana. This website gives the public access to the cultural heritage of European museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections in digital form. Europeana currently contains 14.6 million items and has had millions of hits since its launch in November 2008.
ALMA - Images Link with Artefacts
In 2011 Museum Boijman Van Beuningen launched alma.boijmans.nl. This website links artefacts to paintings and prints from the collection on which these artefacts are shown. In 2016 ALMA has been integrated in Collection Boijmans Online.
Cooking pots, pass glasses, bellarmine jugs, spoons, wine jugs, paintings and pilgrim badges… These are just a few of the many artefacts that have been depicted by European artists through the centuries. ALMA links these depictions of pre-industrial objects, dating from the late Middle Ages to the nineteenth century, in paintings and prints to examples of similar material objects. The ALMA database can be searched extensively for the relation between object and depiction. Research results are published in the ALMA showcases.
ALMA is an online research tool by which the various aspects of pre-industrial objects and utensils, in design, typology and utilitarian function, can be studied in relation to the visual arts. This interdisciplinary approach not only renders valuable information about the material objects themselves, but the objects depicted can throw new light on a painting or print.