The virtual museum is a new concept that emerged during the twentieth century as museums began to take advantage of developments in information technology and the Internet. Today, many museums have virtual exhibitions that guide a visitor through a wealth of knowledge and resources through hyperlinks.
Because museum construction requires financial resources not available to most individuals, many artists in the past have not been able to exhibit their work to the public. However, the virtual environment makes it possible for individuals to establish personal virtual museums or galleries where artists can exhibit their works to a global audience. Some community based organizations have established virtual museums to support local cultural organizations and artists. For example, Artserve supports more than three hundred fifty cultural organizations and ten thousand artists in Broward County, Florida, USA.
Art can serve as a gateway to an artist's culture; exposure to other cultures can then inspire more creativity. For example, Ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock print) was introduced to Europe in the late 1800s and it became an inspiration for impressionist painters, such as Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, and Gustav Klimt, and people came to be interested in Japanese culture. Similarly, artwork by Australianaborigines has inspired some contemporary artists, which led to the recognition of the value of their spiritual traditions.
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