25 April 2014
The 'Touch Van Gogh' app has won the 'Heritage in Motion Award 2014' for the category of ‘Apps for mobile devices’.
Rediscover the paintings
Jolein van Kregten, educator of the Van Gogh Museum, received the prize in Glasgow on Friday 25 April: “The jury greatly values this app, by means of which our museum makes Vincent van Gogh's paintings widely available to the public, so that users can discover for themselves what is hidden in and beneath the paint. This way, they can come closer than ever before to the work and the intentions of the painter and can in effect rediscover the paintings.”
Heritage in Motion is a multimedia competition being held biannually. The competition is aimed at makers and users of films, games, apps and websites that support Europe’s heritage. The prizes are awarded for multimedia products that are most innovative and creative in the way they focus attention on one of the aspects of the European heritage. Heritage in Motion is an initiative of Europa Nostra and the European Museum Academy. With the Heritage in Motion Awards these two partner organizations intend to strengthen the values of the European heritage and thus contribute to the preservation and promotion of this European heritage.
Complex research accessible
The Touch Van Gogh app is made for tablets and makes use of multi-touch functions so that users, while playing, can discover information that is hidden in and beneath the paint. For instance, the old layer of varnish can be removed from the painting The Bedroom, or one may discover that the paining Daubigny's Garden was painted on a teacloth. A such, the results derived from complex, technical research into Van Gogh's working method are made accessible to a large audience. In June 2014 three other works by Van Gogh will be added to the app.