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Access to thousands of treasures discovered by the Chicago Institute of Art

The Chicago Art Institute now offers unlimited access to tens of thousands (or more precisely, to 44 thousand 313) images from its digital archive. The release became part of the redesign of the museum site, and the images are licensed under a Creative Commons Zero license (CC0). It implies that the museum waives all rights to the work throughout the world, and those who wish can copy, modify, distribute and execute the work even for commercial purposes, without asking permission.In addition, the Art Institute has improved the ability to view images, making them much more detailed than before. “Consider the brush strokes on Van Gogh’s Bedroom, strokes of coal on Charles White’s“ Talk of the Reapers ”, or the blue and green music synesthetic wealth of Georgia O'Keefe,” wrote executive creative director Michael Neot. According to him, the researchers also “will appreciate how our collection search tools facilitate their work and find exactly what they are looking for.”Screenshot of the search page on the website of the Institute of Art in Chicago. Renowned art historian Bendor Grosvenor, an advocate of open access to images, criticizing British institutions for collecting pay-per-view images, praised the Chicago museum. But at the same time, he stressed that if institutions such as the Art Institute in Chicago "can afford to do this because they charge an admission fee", British museums have an additional financial burden in the form of free admission for visitors.

Grant Wood, "American Gothic" (1930). Chicago Institute of Art
At the same time, as the expert reminds, not all museums that have opened their collections for free access, charge entrance fees. “The National Museum of Sweden, which allowed the use of thousands of its images, has now abolished the pay per visit. Thus, in fact, it is possible to make both a free physical input and a free digital input, ”concluded Grosvenor.

See also: The main museum of Denmark has published its collection in open accessParis. Rainy DayGustave Kaybott1877, 212 × 276 cmNight owlsEdvard Hopper1942, 84.1 × 152.4 cmSunday on the island of Grand-Zhatt Georges Sera 1886, 207.5 × 308.1 cmOld guitaristPablo Picasso1904, 123 × 83 cmWheat stacks (End of summer) Claude Monet1891, 60 × 100 cmPierced timeRene Magritte1938, 147 × 99 cmExcavationsVillem de Kuning1950, 205.7 × 254.6 cmBlue and green music by George O'Keefe1919, 58.4 × 48.3 cm. Recall that in February 2017 another large American institution, the Metropolitan Museum in New York, made all works with “public domain” status from its collection available online for both scientific and commercial purposes. Within six months, the museum reported impressive results: the number of image downloads increased by 64% and total traffic to the online collection increased by 17%. Users who uploaded photos spent five times more time than usual on the site. Arthive: read us in Telegram and see on Instagram
Based on artnet News. Main illustration: Vincent van Gogh, “Bedroom in Arles (second version)” (1889), Institute of Art in Chicago