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What do you do when you're a country that desperately needs a museum but has only a tiny budget? The designers of MUVA, the Virtual Museum of Arts El Pais, devoted to Uruguayan and Latin American art, solved the problem by creating a museum that exists only online. They have simulated as far as possible the actual experience of visiting a museum, with an architect-designed space. The visitor can actually walk inside the museum, take the elevator and view a complete collection of especially photographed artworks. There are accompanying catalogue texts, and even a director, art historian Alicia Haber. Ongoing exhibitions are planned.
MUVA is the biggest website in Uruguay and one of the most important in Latin America, and won an international Best of the Web Award for a Virtual Exhibit.
On a very much smaller scale, if you wish to know what's happening art-wise in the tiny landlocked country of Lesotho, now that we've stopped shooting up the locals, you can check out the virtual gallery of Masianoke, which features artists living and working in Lesotho.
A New York-based website which is one of the best and the biggest, constantly updating current information on exhibitions, and offering excellent reviews and magazine coverage.
Focusing on an interchange of material about Africa, this fresh-looking Dutch-based site has a particular emphasis on the arts and culture of this continent, and searches for new virtual exhibitions to host online.
A site of truly wondrous projects. Breathing Earth, for instance, is a visualisation of earthquakes that have happened worldwide in the past 14 days. A globe with a map of the world comes into view, and on each of the 14 dates, swellings bubble up indicating the location of the seismic activities. Other projects involve the number of kilometres the world has swung round the sun while you have been busy on the website, and the sounds of the web itself.
One of the best - great artist projects, articles, news.
Intriguing initiatives especially designed for the web from a variety of artists. All of them are worth checking out.
This site initiated the "Cultural Exchange via Internet" described in News this month. Focus on information and news on the arts of African, the Americas and Asia/Pacific. Includes an admirable report by Sabine Vogel on the 3rd Dak'Art Biennial, Senegal, held in April this year. And peruse this page for lists of art opportunities and projects. All kinds of info you won't easily find elsewhere.
Other locally-related links
Cape Town Museums Online
Bringing Up Baby