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“Museums normally tell stories through the objects they have in their collections. But this exhibition focuses on significant works that cannot be seen. It explores the potential of the digital realm to bring these lost artworks back to life.”
Jennifer Mundy, Curator, in E-Flux
Created by the curatorial staff at the Tate London and ISO Design, Gallery of Lost Art is a digital exhibition of artworks that have been lost, stolen, or destroyed. The online interface emulates a vast exhibition hall. Art is organized depending on how it was destroyed. Website visitors can move between these different stations, exploring art that has been “Erased,” “Missing,” or “Discarded,” for example. Commentary from Tate curators accompanies each artwork. Visitors from 153 countries went to the Gallery of Lost Art, expanding the reach of the Tate beyond its walls.
As a statement on the ephemerality of art, the Gallery of Lost Art was available online for a year, then pulled from the web, never to return. Information about the exhibition and supplementary essays written by Tate curators are available at its former web address.
The Gallery of Lost Art exemplifies the growing field of online museum exhibitions, which also includes projects such as the George Washington Letters, the National Archives’ Digital Vaults, and MoMA’s online companion to their Century of the Child exhibition.