Mission Statement of the Digital Extension of the Städel Museum
An alternative offer in parallel to the real, physical museum visit is made accessible through the digital extension of the Städel Museum with new technologies and communication paths. This extension’s objective is to fulfil the institution’s educational mandate also in the digital era, further expand the range of this mandate, and utilize innovative technological developments for the museum’s core responsibilities.
Art History Online - The Städel Course on Modern Art
The Städel Museum in Frankfurt has developed an innovative educational format that seeks to set a new standard in the realm of online education: “Art History Online – The Städel Course on Modern Art” is a comprehensive, free online course, made up of films, texts, interactive tasks and an additional timeline covering more than two hundred years of art history, from the eighteenth century to the present day. The large-scale project has been realized in cooperation with the Art History Chair and the Centre for Digital Cultures at Leuphana University of Lüneburg.
Time Machine – Web Special and VR App Visualise Historical Hangings
As of today, the historical locations of the Städel Museum in the years 1816, 1833, and 1878, the respective presentations of the collection, and the works on display then can be viewed and relived online. The results of long-term research and reconstruction work on the history of collecting at the Städel Museum and the different forms of its holdings’ presentation in the nineteenth century are now freely accessible at http://zeitreise.staedelmuseum.de. Another way of experiencing the research results virtually live is to download the app developed especially for the mobile virtual reality headset “Samsung Gear VR” from the Oculus Store.
Digitally roaming through seven hundred years of art history: Städel Digital Collection
After a development phase of more than two years, the Städel Digital Collectionoffers a completely original approach to the institution’s holdings. Based on the extensive store of the Frankfurt museum’s collection and data, this knowledge tool has a semantic search function that both satisfies art historical interests and providesindividual search paths through seven hundred years of art history along intuitive and associative criteria. To ensure the prerequisites for this “digital roaming” facility, the free-to-accessCloud-based exhibits platform encompasses not only large-format pictures, multimedia contents like audio sequences and film productions and a wide variety of details on the Städel’s works but also a far-reaching concatenation of these works, contextualizing them in an evident, yet often also surprising way.
September 2014: The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, the Städel Museum and the Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung are launching a completely new digital education format with their digitorial: relying on an innovative form of storytelling, enlightening backgrounds, art-historical and historico-cultural contexts, as well as crucial exhibition contents are made easily accessible to all visitors interested in preparing their tour through the museum on a responsive website.
The Städel Museum, Germany’s oldest museum foundation, is taking its 200th birthday this year as an occasion for a fundamental redefinition of its diverse educational programme as well as the museum visitor’s experience. Against the background of the increasing digitalization of everyday life, the extension of its educational responsibility into the digital realm is a key building block for the Frankfurt museum.