Given the coronavirus emergency that requires the closure of the exhibition venues until April 3, 2020, the commitment of the Bologna Museums for the dissemination of its cultural heritage also online continues.
The virtual itineraries are organized in such a way as to offer a sort of guided tour or introduction to the different sections of a museum or offer thematic or chronological itineraries; in many cases it is finally possible to browse hundreds of cards complete with entire collections of works, accompanied by images and a brief historical-interpretative note of the work itself.
The permanent collections of the 14 locations that are part of the Bologna Museums Institution are made up of hundreds of thousands of paintings, sculptures, artifacts, manuscripts and rare volumes, picture galleries, installations, artistic, craft and industrial objects.
Below is the list of online routes:
Archaeological Civic Museum
The museum collections can be explored in different ways:
> sezioni: a series of itineraries in the rooms which, through an introduction to the civilization dealt with, show the most significant works of the individual collections
> percorsi: a series of in-depth thematic itineraries for each civilization (historical-chronological, artistic development, etc.)
> collezioni online: a database of about 2,500 objects is available for consultation, chosen from the Egyptian, numismatic and Greek collections
Civic Museums of Ancient Art
It is possible to consult some thematic paths related to:
> la collezione islamica del Museo Civico Medievale, which documents a small – but extremely significant – core of works, heterogeneous in material and origin
> i ritratti delle Collezioni Comunali d’Arte, which constitute a decisive presence for the identity of the museum
> i ritratti in miniatura delle Collezioni Comunali d’Arte, part of a collection of 160 pieces coming mainly from France and England and commissioned for private use, as an affective or family souvenir
> i Bentivoglio al Museo Civico Medievale, which includes materials representative of the figurative culture in Bologna at the time of the lordship of the Bentivoglio
> il Museo Indiano di Bologna al Museo Civico Medievale, with a selection of the collection of objects and sculptures from the ancient Indian Museum and now preserved in the Medieval Museum
MAMbo – Museum of Modern Art of Bologna and Morandi Museum
The online collections are divided into two sections based on a periodization that takes 1945 as the separation date:
> collezioni storiche, made up of works preserved in deposits that cover a period of time from the last years of the 18th century to 1945
> collezioni contemporanee, which include works whose production date starts from 1945
The exhibition itinerary, which traces six centuries of the history of European music, can be explored through:
> la raccolta libraria, one of the most prestigious music collections in the world
> la quadreria, whose original nucleus comes from the legacy of Father Giambattista Martini
> gli strumenti musicali, almost all from the Liceo Musicale of Bologna (1804-1942)
Industrial Heritage Museum
Among the over 1,000 pieces that make up the collection, you can consult the following routes online:
> le collezioni storiche, which include objects belonging to the heritage of the Aldini-Valeriani Institutes and consist of measuring instruments, machine models, prototypes, graphic and photographic material
> i macchinari, whose collection is divided into 4 sections dedicated to automatic machines, engines, components and electromedical
> modelli e plastici, which respectively illustrate workplaces, machines and structures, making their operation and methods of use more immediate, and reproducing scale buildings, complex structures and workplaces otherwise difficult to represent
> percorsi online, with a collection of images from the museum archive
Civic Museum of the Risorgimento
The heritage of the museum can be consulted in a path that traces the five exhibition sections, to which is added that of philately and postal history, recently established.
Monumental Cemetery of the Charterhouse
The Certosa website offers the possibility of building an infinite number of itineraries independently, following one’s own interests or the objective of one’s research.
The user can in fact proceed browsing by jumping from one content to another related to it, going from one tab to another.
An architecture that therefore puts all the information contained in the various sections “in dialogue” – works, people, events, places, symbols and library.