The Art of Technological Innovation with @maasmuseum
For more from MAAS’s vibrant collection in Sydney, follow @maasmuseum on Instagram.
From winged sneakers to robot dogs, Australia’s Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (@maasmuseum) houses a delightfully diverse range of pieces.
“Every object in the collection, regardless of its purpose, is a product of technology, and every object is an expression of our values and beliefs,” says the museum’s media production manager, Paula Bray. “Art and technology are intimately entwined, inside and outside the museum.”
The MAAS Instagram account shares highlights from their exhibits — which span history, science, design, music and space exploration, among other themes — as well as behind-the-scenes content from the installations. But ultimately the goal of their images is to bring to life the rich experience of visiting a local museum, wherever that may be for the viewer.
“The MAAS museum is home to stories of Australian culture,” says Paula. “Your museum can play a part in each stage of your life. Learn to love your local museum.”
Detail of a 4th century CE gilded plate from the Sasanian period depicting a hunting scene. The capital of the Sassanid Persian Empire: Seleucia-Ctesiphon (near modern-day Baghdad) was one of the largest cities in the world. Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.
Our freersackler just became the first Smithsonian museum to digitize its entire collection and make it available online with high resolution images. This info-graphic give you a glimpse of the breadth of the collection and what it took to bring it to you. Start browsing today at http://www.open.asia.si.edu.
I’ve collected a few of the images of European Medieval and Renaissance art available showing the Black Kings from Adoration scenes-you can get the full information for any of these artworks by searching “Adoration of the Magi” at Metmuseum.org.
The 129 skulls in Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum sit in neat rows, staring straight ahead and dimly illuminated. It’s not uncommon for a crowd to form in front of their case as people cluster around to get a good look. Each skull has a short accompanying text. As one visitor said, it seems disrespectful to exclude anyone in reading, even if you don’t see them in order.