Digital collection of The Art Museum
The project “Digital Collection of the Art Museum” is a unique occurence for The V. V. Vereshchagin Mykolaiv Art Museum. The museum collection of porcelain of the end of XVIII – XX centuries and graphic works of the XVII – the middle part the XX century are mostly inaccessible to researchers and visitors due to several factors. Although it has extraordinary historical and cultural value and demonstrates the heritage of Ukrainian and European culture, the collection is kept in the funds, and has not previously been exhibited to a wide audience.
As a result of the project, a digital collection of porcelain and graphics was created with free 24/7 access. This enables to put works into scientific circulation, improves the base of scientific research, and provides unlimited reproduction of these copies.
Thus, in 2020-21 as a result of the project 518 graphic works (engraving, drawing, watercolor, pastel, etching, lithography) and 302 porcelain units were digitized, processed, researched, and cataloged.
A web resource has been created. It allows users to view and download electronic copies of units in a convenient format.
The publication of illustrated albums-catalogs is another source of knowledge about the rare museum collection among the cultural institutions of Ukraine.
In 2020, we created 5 3D models of graphic works in AR were created and a series of postcards were printed for the appropriate reading of images. An educational program of 4 online lectures was implemented. During these lectures experts from Ukraine and Europe shared knowledge and practical advice on the development of museums, attracting audiences, and promoting cultural leisure. In 2021, we created 7 3D models of porcelain items, educational videos on the history of porcelain and a photo project with museum exhibits were shot. They also made limited promotional products from ceramics to promote the project. The project contributes to the preservation and promotion of the cultural heritage of Ukraine and permits to integrate the achievements of national culture into the world cultural space, as well as opens Mykolaiv as another spot on the cultural map of the country.