Digital art has experienced exponential growth in recent years, becoming an increasingly relevant form of artistic expression. Museums around the world have begun to recognize and value the importance of this medium, exhibiting digital artworks in their permanent collections and hosting temporary exhibitions dedicated exclusively to this type of art. In this article, we will explore some of the most prominent museums that have embraced digital art and showcased works by renowned artists from around the world.
- Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, United States: MoMA is renowned for its commitment to contemporary art and has been a pioneer in including digital art in its collections. In 2017, it inaugurated the exhibition "Thinking Machines: Art and Design in the Computer Age, 1959-1989," which explored the role of technology in art. Furthermore, the museum has acquired works by prominent digital artists such as Cory Arcangel, Petra Cortright, and Rafaël Rozendaal.
- Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London, United Kingdom: The V&A has embraced digital art with its exhibition "Digital Pioneers," showcasing the works of pioneering artists in the field, such as Frieder Nake and Vera Molnár. Additionally, the museum has organized temporary exhibitions dedicated to contemporary artists like Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and in the TeamLab institution. These exhibitions have allowed the public to experience and explore the creative possibilities offered by digital art.
- ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany: ZKM is a global reference in art and media. Its permanent collection includes digital artworks by artists such as Lynn Hershman Leeson, Bill Viola, and Olafur Eliasson. The center has also organized important exhibitions of digital art, such as "Open Codes: Living in Digital Worlds," which explored the influence of algorithms and coding in contemporary society.
- National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan: This art center has shown great interest in digital art and has hosted notable exhibitions in this field. For example, in 2018, it presented "teamLab Borderless," an immersive exhibition that combined digital art, technology, and sound. The National Art Center has been a key venue for the promotion and dissemination of digital art in Japan.
- Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Madrid, Spain: Located in the heart of Madrid, Espacio Fundación Telefónica has been a prominent venue for exhibiting digital art. It has presented individual exhibitions by artists such as Miguel Chevalier, Yucef Merhi, and Antoni Muntadas. Additionally, it has hosted important events and conferences on art and technology.
These are just a few examples of museums worldwide that have opened their doors to digital art. It is important to note that, in addition to traditional museums, spaces exclusively dedicated to digital art have also emerged, such as the Digital Art Museum (DAM) in Berlin, Germany, and teamLab Borderless.
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