A network of 13 partners including museums, universities and cultural heritage authorities from seven European countries (Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Portugal) will establish a Virtual Museum on Baroque art that will be launched in 2008. Discover Baroque Art will build on the platform that was created within the Discover Islamic Art Virtual Museum, whereby each participating institution self-finances its share of the project. 460 artefacts and 315 monuments and sites have been selected by the partners to be included in this new section of the Virtual Museum's Permanent Collection. After a series of preparatory meetings to become familiarised with the methodology, the programme was presented on 7 December during a press conference that took place in Bologna under the patronage of the Provincial Government of Bologna.
During her opening speech at the meeting of partners, Simona Lembi, cultural councillor of the Provincial Government, emphasised that “the provincial councillorship for culture aims to develop actions that will set a high value on the museum offer as a whole, in order to enhance and promote cultural tourism. We are doing a significant job linking local museums and supporting their activities, so this project is really important to us, in order to create a link to a European and Mediterranean museum system. Museum With No Frontiers helps us to cross borders and join an international forum.
Now we are starting a venture that will set up a virtual museum on Baroque Art, and I am very proud to say that the provincial area of Bologna will be strongly represented in this project.
What we are doing everyday agrees with the objectives of Museum With No Frontiers, which aims to acquaint the largest number of people with monuments and artefacts and to promote cultural integration as a fundamental instrument of political cooperation between different countries and cultures.”