11 February 2011
The Fundació Antoni Tàpies participates in the Digitising Contemporary Art (DAC) project
As part of the project Digitising Contemporary Art (DCA), the Fundació Antoni Tàpies will be digitising twenty-five books by the artist Antoni Tàpies that until now have remained out of the public domain.
The Fundació Antoni Tàpies is among the twenty-one European cultural institutions selected to participate in the DCA project, which will allow a significant increase in the presence of contemporary art contents on the Internet. Over thirty months, the chosen museums and institutions will digitise approximately 27,000 contemporary artworks and 2,000 contextual documents, making them available through Europeana (www.europeana.eu), the digital platform to Europe’s cultural heritage.
As part of this initiative, the Fundació will digitise twenty-five books by Tàpies, a task which had already begun through the Plan Avanza from the museum area Combined Arts. These books are considered Tàpies’ decisive works: meeting points between his art, literature and the thinking of other authors, including Ramón Llull, Joan Brossa and Octavio Paz. Here Tàpies experiments with printing, visual creation and literature, as well as with materials, using papers with distinctive textures, which are torn, scraped or pierced. For users of Europeana, this initiative represents a unique opportunity to approach these works, until now inaccessible due to preservation and handling restrictions.
With the co-funding of the European Commission, the project aims to create high-quality digital reproductions and assure the long-term preservation of, and online access to, such reproductions and their data. It will also publish guidelines and documentation on the best practices regarding the digitisation of contemporary art. The DCA project intends to enhance the online visibility of contemporary art as an essential expression and an invaluable building block of European culture, and to stimulate the interest of the general public with a stronger presence of contemporary art on the Internet.
The technical partners involved in the DCA project are Multimedia Lab Ghent University – IBBT – Interdisciplinary Institute for Broadband Technology (Gant, Belgium), NTUA – National Technical University of Athens (Athens, Greece), and Ubitech – Ubiquitous Intelligent Technical Solutions (Athens, Greece).
The selected museums participating in the project are:
Argos – Centre for Art and Media
MAC’s – Museum of Contemporary Art of the French Community of Belgium
Mu.ZEE – Collection of the Province of West Flanders and the City of Ostend
Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium
MMSU – Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
EMAF – European Media Art Festival
HfG – Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung
MMCA – Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art
National Gallery-Alexandros Soutzos Museum
National Gallery of Iceland
RAM – Reykjavík Art Museum
Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
NIMk – Netherlands Institute for Media Art
WRO Art Center
Fundação de Serralves
MG – Moderna Galerija
Fundació Antoni Tàpies