Societies and humanity is currently being put under a lot of pressure and life at the moment is difficult for a lot of people. This got us thinking, what defines humanity? Well, lots of aspects of course but we believe that our culture and moreover our cultural heritage is a great indicator of what we have achieved and what we are capable of.
So lets take a moment and “travel” around the world and view our spectacular heritage and perhaps remind ourselves that we can overcome anything, as long as we put our minds to it. Regardless if you are into ancient civilizations or contemporary art, we got you covered. Here are five top spots to visit virtually in Google Arts & Culture.
Founded in 1929, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in midtown Manhattan was the first museum devoted to the modern era. Today MoMA’s rich and varied collection offers a panoramic overview of modern and contemporary art, from the innovative European painting and sculpture of the 1880s to today's film, design, and performance art. Collection highlights include Claude Monet’s Water Lilies, Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night, and Pablo Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, along with more recent works by Andy Warhol, Elizabeth Murray, Cindy Sherman, and many others.
The Natural History Museum is a world-class visitor attraction and leading science research center. Explore a story of natural history discovery in an interactive experience, Making Natural History, voiced by Museum researchers and curators. Dive into the museum's 80 million specimens with unique, new features: encounter a prehistoric marine reptile in virtual reality, discover pioneering Museum research in a short film, navigate the galleries in 360 degrees care of Google's Street View team, take a tour of ten new exhibits tackling natural history themes, and take students on an expedition through the galleries to learn about adaptation in the natural world.
Museo del Oro, the Banco de la Republica's (Colombia's central bank) Gold Museum in Bogota, Colombia, displays an extraordinary selection of its pre-Hispanic goldwork collection - the biggest in the world. Together with other pottery, stone, shell, wood and textile archaeological objects, these items testify to the life and thought of different societies which inhabited what is now known as Colombia before contact was made with Europe.
The National Palace Museum houses one of the largest collections of Chinese art in the world. With nearly 700 000 precious artifacts, the museum’s extensive collection spans thousands of years and consists of magnificent treasures from the Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing imperial collections.
Established in 2007 in Lagos, Nigeria, African Artists’ Foundation aims to encourage the highest standard of art in Africa. By providing assistance to professional and emerging artists in Africa and support to international exhibitions and community outreach programmes, African Artists’ Foundation views the contribution to a strong cultural landscape in Africa as a transformative element in driving social change.