Peggy Guggenheim Collection [ Venice

Highlights: The website for the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice offers a multimedia tool that allows users to take online virtual tours of several past exhibitions, including Masterpieces of Futurism at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. The exhibition, which ran in 2009 and 2010, included twenty-four paintings, five drawings, four sculptures, and two woodcuts, and focused heavily on the work of Italian artists Giacomo Balla, Umberto Boccioni, and Carlo Carrà. The interactive tour allows users to explore the gallery space, not only making it possible to see which works were displayed in an exhibition (a feature inherent to print catalogues) but to see exactly how the works were organized and mounted.

Drawbacks: It may take new website visitors several minutes to become acquainted with the navigation tools used to explore the virtual museum space. Additionally, while there are zoom features, they do not allow the user to read gallery labels for the artworks, or to render works with the clarity and detail found in most print catalogues. (Alternatively, users must view or download a PDF press-kit and checklist, so that they may retrieve titles, measurements, artwork medium, attribution information, gallery label text, and short biographical blurbs for artists).