Latest News | 14. September 2021

“In Honor of the Torah.” New virtual exhibition on Google Arts & Culture

by Jewish Museum Vienna
© Jüdisches Museum Wien
The Jewish Museum Vienna has been part of the Google Arts & Culture platform since 2016 with its exhibition “Our City! Jewish Vienna – Then to Now.” The new online exhibition, “In Honor of the Torah,” has now been published. It features objects from the museum’s collection that are used to decorate the Torah, but also Torah scrolls from the museum archive. These tell about the handling of the sacred scroll and about the customs and identity of the Jewish community in Vienna.
While several objects are permanently on display in the museum’s Visible Storage on Dorotheergasse, other objects, e.g., textiles, cannot be shown permanently due to their fragility. With the online exhibition “In Honor of the Torah,” it is now possible to make these accessible to visitors as well. Moreover, objects can be viewed very close up, thanks to the high-resolution zoom function.
Director Danielle Spera adds: “This is a further step in the implementation of our digital museum strategy. We would like to publish further such projects in the future to make our unique collection even more accessible and visible beyond the museum space.”
Click here for the online exhibition.

About Google Arts & Culture:
Google Arts & Culture has been working since 2011 with over 2,500 cultural organizations from more than 80 countries. The online platform or smartphone app (Android and iOS) enables users to explore the world’s cultural treasures with just one click. On Google Arts & Culture you can find thousands of online exhibitions and over seven million photos, videos, manuscripts and other documents on topics related to art, culture and history. Cultural organizations receive modern tools and technologies, such as gigapixel photography, 360-degree tours or augmented reality, to share their diverse heritage online with a broad audience. 23 cultural institutions from Austria are currently represented.