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Museums and the Web

An annual conference exploring the social, cultural, design, technological, economic, and organizational issues of culture, science and heritage on-line.

French Impressionism at the Art Institute of Chicago

Institution: 

Art Institute of Chicago

Designer: 

Web Communications Group, Art Institute of Chicago

Category: 

Mobile

Why

AIC French Impressionism app screen shot

This app enables users to explore one of the world’s best collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art on multiple mobile platforms, including iPhone/iPod Touch, Android, and an HD version available for the iPad. The material reproduced is a digital version of the collection catalogue The Age of French Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Art Institute of Chicago by Gloria Groom and Douglas Druick, with the assistance of Jill Shaw. Dorota Chudzicka and Jill Shaw coauthored the timeline of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism in Chicago.

Produced through a  partnership with Toura, the app was released in late September 2010 and contains:

  • High-resolution images of 105 paintings from the museum’s world-renowned collection
  • Informative and engaging entries on each painting by the museum’s curators
  • Biographies of the 22 artists whose works are represented
  • Videos related to the art works and to the history of the collection
  • Narrated virtual tours of select Impressionist galleries at the museum
  • A photo-rich history of the development of this magnificent collection
  • Exclusive detailed descriptions not available in the galleries