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These sites or apps excel in presenting and interpreting museum collections and themes, providing a rich and meaningful digital experience. They may be a section of a larger museum Web site or be a collaborative project among institutions and/or individuals and communities associated with museums. Entirely virtual museums are eligible to participate in this category as are exhibitions of Web art and other "born digital" collections. Quality characteristics include: * Effective use of multiple media formats * Innovative ways of complementing physical exhibitions or providing surrogates for physical experiences in online only exhibitions * New ways of representing museum processes and structures * Imaginative audience participation and engagement of different categories of 'visitors' last updated: January 2011

Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913–1917

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Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913–1917 explores how Matisse developed his own version of Modernism, one work after the next, during the most ambitious, unbridled, and radically inventive period of his long career.

Co-organized by the Art Institute of Chicago and The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the exhibition was curated by Stephanie D’Alessandro, Gary C. and Frances Comer Curator of Modern Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, and John Elderfield, Chief Curator Emeritus of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Economica: Women and the Global Economy

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2 votes
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Economica: Women and the Global Economy home page

Economica: Women and the Global Economy is a comprehensive online exhibition property created by the International Museum of Women (IMOW) which focuses on women’s diverse global roles as economic change agents and at time of worldwide economic crisis and volatility. The exhibition’s currency and timely focus inspired a sequence of aligned ‘mini exhibitions’ including a global juried photography exhibition, Economica: Picturing Power and Potential (with both an online and physical component) and Economica: Focusing on Latin America, an online exhibition complemented by multi-country events that fuses art, thought leadership and contemporary research to explore women’s current economic circumstances in Latin America. All of these Economica branded projected are presented in aggregate as a submission for the exhibitions award.

Catawba RiverVenture

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Using an engaging format based on hand-drawn illustrations of the river, Catawba RiverVenture draws visitors to the Catawba River.  On their RiverVenture, visitors learn about the environmental history of the Catawba River, the role it played in the history of the region, and the issues it faces today.  Visitors search the landscape for hidden clues that help them answer the question "How are we all People of the River?"  Vocabulary terms are highlighted and linked to a glossary.  Flash animations and panoramic photos alongside original historical maps and photos provide a variety of media for visitors to learn from.  At the end of their trip, visitors file a "River Wrap" to test how much they learned.

www.asi-louth.ie

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1 vote
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www.asi-louth.ie is the legacy website designed to complement the asi louth exhibition which ran in the County Museum, Dundalk between late 2009 and early 2010.  The exhibition featured artefacts discovered during the construction of the western by-pass around the town of Dundalk.  This website is designed to reflect the forensic nature of archaeology using the artefacts discovered during this construction process. 

Wellcome Collection

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1 vote
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The Wellcome Collection Home Page

The Wellcome Collection has an incredible and fascinating array of content and a commitment to sharing this with the world online. The exceptional content  that this museum has to offer is like no other. The Collection's online representation is an experience in its own right, playing on the visitors’ innate curiosity and drawing them into unexpected journeys of discovery that expands their areas of interest and builds user engagement which has resulted in a 70% increase in traffic.

Lewis Baltz: In the Desert

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Designed to accompany the Nevada Museum of Art exhibition of Lewis Baltz: In the Desert in summer 2010, the exhibition website provided a range of interpretive, educational, and curatorial content for a exhibition-going lay audience, and utilized an innovative geotagged Google map denoting the locations of the Baltz photographs presented in the exhibition.

The Secret Annex Online

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14 votes
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 The Anne Frank story has captivated audiences worldwide. Her wartime diary, written in hiding in Nazi occupied Amsterdam is one of the most translated and best read books in the world. Almost 70 years later the Anne Frank story still evokes many reactions.

The city of horrors

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2 votes
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From 26 May 2010 to 12 September 2010, the Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona held the exhibition “Barcelona, Valencia, Palma. A History of Confluence and Divergence”. The exhibition showcased the present-day situation of three Mediterranean cities: Barcelona, Valencia and Palma, concentrating on two fundamental aspects: the urban and the human landscape. One of the sections of the exhibition was “The Ugly City”, a space inside the exhibition that showed how urban planning corruption and tourism has changed the landscapes of these three cities.  Part of the contents of this section was created with the results of a participatory project: “The city of Horrors”.

New York's Mayors: John V. Lindsay

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Simple intuitive design. Ability of the site to address those who knew him or remember the subject, John Lindsay, as well as well as to entice by the content and by the visual desin those who had never heard of him before encountering this site. Small site offering a great deal of interesting content without being didactic or having the actual site design get in your way.  Color palette maximizes the largely black and white content.

Mural Explorer

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1 vote
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The Mural Arts Program is well regarded as one of the nation’s largest and most effective public arts programs. In its over 25 year history, MAP has created over 3,000 murals and educated over 20,000 underserved youth throughout Philadelphia.

Each Mural Arts Program mural is the result of a collaborative community process in which artists, residents, and students come together to beautify their community and tell their stories. To every day passersby, the stories behind them are not always apparent.

Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century

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Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson

This retrospective exhibition, the first since the photographer's death, includes a substantial collection of work from across Cartier-Bresson's career and has since travelled to The Art Institute of Chicago, SFMOMA and the High Museum. The site features all of the photographs from the MoMA exhibition as well as detailed maps of his journeys and a chronology of the photographs, making this a valuable educational resource. Supplementary texts and audioguide materials produced by Acoustiguide provide context and historical information. Designed by Second Story, this site utilizes modern browser technologies and large images to provide an elegant experience that focuses on the beautiful and compelling work of Cartier-Bresson.

MIC Exhibition

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13 votes
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My Ideal City(MIC) is an innovative and interactive exhibition where it is possible to walk through the streets of Lisbon and then, a few minutes later, you can admire the architecture of the buildings in Jerusalem, the colors of Copenhagen and the frescos in Trento by the use of virtual environments. Established simultaneously in the four cities mentioned above, the exhibition allows for real-time interaction between the visitors in each different location.

Yoshitomo Nara - Nobody's Fool

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8 votes
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Yoshitomo Nara, Nobody's Fool - Home

The website for the Asia Society Museum exhibition Yoshitomo Nara, Nobody's Fool is noteworthy for a number of reasons.  First, the overall graphic design of the site is based on an aesthetic that is present in much of Nara's work, in particular the large room-size wooden installations he has built many times in his career, several of which were part of the Asia Society show.

William Kentridge: Five Themes

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This website provides a comprehensive exploration of nearly three decades of work by William Kentridge, a remarkably versatile artist whose work combines the political with the poetic. Dealing with subjects as sobering as apartheid, colonialism, and totalitarianism, his work is often imbued with dreamy, lyrical undertones or comedic bits of self-deprecation that render his powerful messages both alluring and ambivalent. The website allows one to view Kentridge's practice in a macro sense via a "bird's eye" view of all works by theme, and on a micro level—each of the included works is unpacked and examined using image, text, and/or video.

Museo Galileo: Virtual Museum

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In June 2010 the Museo Galileo was reopened after two years of works that have renewed all the exhibition area. In that occasion, even the Museum's web site has been renewed.

I nominate the section 'Virtual Museum' of the website, that presents a multimedia catalogue of all the instruments of the museum's collection. The description of each instrument is accompanied by images, videos and lots of links, to offer to users a wide range of possibilities to extend their knowledge.