Art

Sotheby’s is now streaming the world’s best galleries into your living room

By Kitty Knowles 29 August 2016
Sotheby's launches the Sotheby's Museum Network. Pic: Sotheby's.
Summary

Step into the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Tate galleries, or Taiwan's National Palace Museum from your sofa.

Everyone’s favourite gallery is different. Some people like to peruse cubist sculptures in large minimalist rooms, others like to take in impressionist brushwork under the bows of classical architecture.

Now though, you can access some of the world best galleries from the comfort of your own living room, as Sotheby’s steps into the digital age.

Sotheby’s Museum Network

Today the British-founded New York auction house will launch its own online ‘Museum Network’ to showcase videos and TV series made by the world’s leading art museums.

Available on Sothebys.com as well as Sotheby’s Apple TV channel app, you’ll be able to see inside internationally-renowned galleries including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Tate galleries, and the National Palace Museum in Taiwan.

You’ll even be able to explore lesser known institutions founded by private collectors – like the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow.

Behind the scenes shooting The Treasures of Chatsworth. Pic: Sotheby's.
Behind the scenes shooting The Treasures of Chatsworth. Pic: Sotheby's.

Sotheby’s TV

What’s more, you’ll also be able to watch original TV shows, starting with Sotheby’s inaugural series The Treasures of Chatsworth with The Duchess of Devonshire, which will debut later this year.

This 13-part series will tell the tale of one of Europe’s greatest private houses and most significant art collections.

The Duveen Galleries at Tate Britain.
The Duveen Galleries at Tate Britain.

A new digital age

It’s hoped that Sotheby’s Museum Network will open the art world to new global audiences, as well as seasoned collectors and connoisseurs.

It will ultimately include thousands of existing museum videos, that have never been curated together before, making it easier for people to access new artwork.

“The Museum Network is a response to a growing global audience that wants to experience the world of art and collecting,” said David Goodman, Executive Vice President, at Sotheby’s Digital Development & Marketing.

“The network is a natural evolution of the existing ties we have with museums [and we can now] expose their outstanding collections to millions of art lovers who engage via digital channels.”

We’re all for making great art more accessible. Let’s hopes it inspires those who can to get out and experience it in real life, too.

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