Sunday, 3 February 2013

Museum Apps

Museums and Galleries are included in the second part of The Sunday Times App list. There are some excellent Museum apps for either visiting suggestions, planning a museum trip or just browsing the collections. Here are three that I am enjoying looking at.

The Art Guide, offers a free mobile app (iPhone, Android) to promote museums and galleries across the  whole of the UK. The 'What to See' section is a great way of keeping up with current exhibitions. 'Last Chance' reminds you of which exhibitions are about to end and 'Opening Soon' helps you plan future visits.

The app from MOMA, Museum of Modern Art in New York is the next best thing to visiting! As well as a 'What's On' section, the app has a detailed 'Search the Collection' feature and an in depth A-Z of Art terms and artists. For example, selecting A for Arts and Crafts leads you to a definition of the Arts and Crafts Movement, then on to pictures of related objects, including work by William Morris and Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The app also includes links to MOMA podcasts and MOMA on iTunesU where there are short features on artists and subjects relating to the Museum.

The Bauhaus app (iPhone, free) is a guide to the Bauhaus Museum in Berlin, in German or English. There is an excellent set of illustrated and audio guides to the Bauhaus Collection, explaining objects, items and teaching within the Bauhaus School, with particular reference to well known artists such as Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee. I found these explanations really interesting, having seen the Bauhaus: Art as Life exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery last year.

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