Showing posts with label Musetech. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Musetech. Show all posts

Oct 31, 2019

DATASET MOMA Provenance Research Project (PRP) artworks

Dataset name: Enhanced MoMA PRP

Description: This enhanced Provenance dataset has been constructed from  information available on the public internet site of the Museum of Modern Art MoMA. It merges the list of artworks on the MoMa Provenance Research Project page with provenance texts published on the MoMA's detailed item pages. It is intended to facilitate research into Holocaust-era provenance for scholars, art historians and families. 

Original data sources that were merged to create new dataset:

Format: Google Sheet


Download: CSV

1. PRP Artworks with provenance 
(Artist,Title,Date,Medium,Dimensions,URL,Acc_Number,Department,Provenance,Publisher of Provenance,Author of Provenance)
2. About this file
3. Artists Count (pivot table with number of artworks by artists)
4. Department (pivot table with number of artworks by department)
5. Provenance text contains word "private" (pivot table with filter)
6. Provenance text contains name "Valentin" (pivot table with filter)
7. Provenance text contains the word "probably" (pivot table with filter)

Publisher: OAD

Date of Publication: October 31, 2019

Example of content: Provenance text contains word "private"

Selection of artworks listed on the MoMA Provenance Research Project that contain the word "private" in the provenance text published on the museum website

Dec 17, 2018

Museums: Interactive Map with Wikidata

Wikidata query to visualize all the museums in the world
Map of museums in the world from Wikidata Query

 Link to interactive Map of Museums

Here is the Wikdata Query (from example queries)

#Locations of museums
SELECT ?museumDescription ?website ?coord WHERE {
  ?museum (wdt:P31/wdt:P279*) wd:Q33506.
  ?museum wdt:P625 ?coord.
  OPTIONAL { ?museum wdt:P856 ?website. }
  SERVICE wikibase:label { bd:serviceParam wikibase:language "en,de". }

Dec 27, 2017

Art Dealers and Art Historians: Authorities Identifiers by the Numbers

Linked Open Data queries need authoritative identifiers to work across platforms.

Which are the most used identifiers for art dealers, art historians, art dealers and art collectors who exist in Wikidata?

Below are Wikidata Sparql Queries that show the authorities that are most used for referencing art dealers and art historians in Wikidata.

(VIAF wins hands down.) 




Wikidata Query for Most Used Identifiers for Art Dealers

SELECT ?propertyLabel ?propertyDescription ?count WHERE {
SELECT ?propertyclaim (COUNT(*) AS ?count) WHERE {
?item wdt:P106 wd:Q173950.
?item wdt:P31 wd:Q5.
?item ?propertyclaim _:b2.
GROUP BY ?propertyclaim
?property wikibase:propertyType wikibase:ExternalId.
?property wdt:P31 wd:Q19595382.
?property wikibase:claim ?propertyclaim.
SERVICE wikibase:label { bd:serviceParam wikibase:language "en". }

May 21, 2017

Preserving Digital Objects

How to ensure preservation and access for digital objects? 

The California Digital Library has published guidelines that aim to support the following objectives:

• Ensure a basic level of uniformity in the structure and encoding of non-licensed digital content managed by the CDL
• Advance interoperability among digital content from diverse institutions
• Promote efficient ingest procedures
• Support the orderly management of digital content
• Facilitate access to digital content by users
• Minimize costs 
To consult the PDF of  CDL Guidelines for Digital Objects (CDL GDO) Maintained by the California Digital Library (January 2017 University of California, California Digital Library)

For more information on Calisphere/DAMS Projects

Apr 21, 2017

Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art Provenance Information AccessTest

How accessible is provenance information on museum websites?

In this Video ArtDataTests looks at NEPIP and FRED JONES JR MUSEUM OF ART to see whether the provenance for items listed on the Nazi-Era Provenance Internet Portal for the Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art is accessible.

Test script
1. Go to the Nazi-Era Provenance Internet Portal (NEPIP), search for Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art
2. Test link to museum (ERROR)
3. View artworks listed in NEPIP for the Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art
4. Scroll through the list to find an artwork with an artist other than "Anonymous", click on Maurice de Vlaminck 
5. Click on "more information" to view Accession Number
6. Copy Accession Number
7. Go to Google, enter Search Collections Fred Jones
8. Click on Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art site
9. Look for Collections Search
10. In the absence of a Collections Search function, click on European Art and scroll down list until Vlaminck found (note that the title displayed is not the same as in NEPIP)
11. Click on painting and view item record to verify whether the provenance is visible (It is not. Neither is the accession number)
12. Click on next Vlaminck

Test Result: No search on provenance information. No display of provenance information. 

Apr 15, 2017

Belgium to publish all looted works of art in its public collections on a central website?

March 2017: published the news that the Flemish Culture Minister agrees on the "desirability of Belgium publishing all looted works of art in its public collections on a central website". No date has been set yet. 

In February journalist Geert Sels revealed in De Standaard that 78 looted works of art returned to Belgium after the war remain unpublished. 

This led to questions in parliament. Below is the exchange in parliament translated from the Dutch by Google Translate (see original questions here)

Jean-Jacques De Gucht (Open VLD)
The Netherlands pursuant database Origins Unknown 1621 paintings before which the country does not know to whom they belong because the owners are deceased, have fled or did not report. There are also works that were shipped after the war by mistake from Germany to the Netherlands.

Many art collectors in the Netherlands and Belgium were forced to offer their property for sale to middlemen acting on behalf of individuals within the Nazi regime. It also happened that the Nazis stole the work directly or confiscated from prisoners or the persecution of the Jews.

Netherlands has set up an independent advisory committee which includes advises the Minister on claims to objects in the national collection and works of art owned by the state at the local level, the provincial level and so on.

Our country pursued this matter earlier research. I refer to the Commission for the compensation of the members of the Jewish Community of Belgium, which has terminated the investigation and handling of the applications for compensation on December 31, 2007. The secretariat of the commission also put stop work. The succession is assured from January 1, 2008 by the services of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister and today under the Federal Science Policy.

Today I learn from the press that many of the 78 paintings who returned after the war from Nazi Germany and are in our museums have no conclusive provenance. Unlike our neighboring countries such as the Netherlands, Belgium, the documents were taken into custody, never made public.

Minister, what is your reaction to the recent revelations which indicate that we are a significant number of the 78 paintings who returned after the war have no clear origin?

Are there cultural moment in museums, cultural institutions and public buildings of the Flemish Community who returned after World War II to our country but in fact have their origins in other countries? Can you possibly explain?

Are you willing to go to the Dutch example and as I have already argued, to set up a website where all suspicious pieces are clearly displayed? If not, why not, since there are clearly problems with the origin of several pieces? If yes, please explain in detail regarding the timing and content?

Gatz minister has the floor.

Minister Sven Gatz
Mr De Gucht, I have read with interest the article Art das Reich. I liked it, probably like many of you, interesting reading, which to reflect on.

I welcome this question, outlining the larger framework. Thanks to the many and hard work of the Study of Jewish property and compensation committee of the Belgian government to compensate the Jewish community in Belgium and abroad during the 90 losses for the major financial she suffered during the occupation in Belgium .

With the payment of the final compensation in the course of the work of the committees were established and the transfer of the latest resources from the compensation to the Jewish community in Belgium, in 2008 came an end to the responsiveness and handling claims of Jewish victims of World War II. When the compensation paid slew partly on shortly after the end of World War II from Germany to Belgium returned art.

Most of these works were then auctioned publicly, some were entrusted to Belgian museums. From the museums entrusted artworks came pretty much from the collections of antique dealers who more or less had made common cause with the Germans and German art sold at public or semi-public collectors.

In Public Kunstbezit Flanders (OKV) is done including the story of the unsuccessful attempts of these dealers to get reimbursed by them when selling art on the grounds that they were forced to sell.

Belgium, however, endorsed in 1998. The Washington Principles on Nazi-confiscated Art. It is eleven non-binding principles, summarized, tantamount to states, to the extent possible and within their own legal system, should take initiatives to facilitate the restitution of stolen works of art by the Nazis. Sell ​​under duress is then treated in the same furnace.

In Belgium, use the public authorities as a principle that if it can be shown that the artwork was stolen by the Nazis and was acquired forcibly through a sale to be returned to work or that alternatively pay a compensation to the descendants of the Benade... (for more, please consult the original Dutch article)