Enthusiasts: app in the Bode Museum wants to make works of art more tangible

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with sculptures via app Chat: A new project in the Berlin Bode Museum should make works of art for visitors in an original way. The "Perfect Match" app developed by students from the University of Greifswald is based on the principle of dating apps, as the project managers explained on Monday when presenting the application.

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a photo of the art object appears on the cell phone screen. If the museum visitor likes it, he can wipe to the right. If the artwork also finds the user interesting, a personal chat opens. The sculpture of the sculptor Michel Erhart "Our Lady with child" (around 1480) is called an "exemplary mother" in the app. In this way,

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should be given a closer look at the history of the exhibits and the museum visit becomes more personal, as art historian Isabelle Dolezalek from the University of Greifswald said. The app is based on an application of the "Museum4punkt0" federal project, in which new formats for museums are developed.

The application should also be transferable to other houses. Some museums already have comparable projects. So far, there are about 20 works of art to match the Bode Museum's app. A digital conversation does not come about with everyone. Some objects are rather moody in chat, others funny or professional.

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