Modern Art: A Visit to the Foundation of Marguerite and Aime Maeght
Due to the vagaries of marketing you probably haven’t seen Modern Art: A Visit to the Foundation of Marguerite and Aime Maeght (Grolier Interactive/Matra Hachette Multimedia). This CD-ROM was only available as a bundled disc that came with the Grolier 1996 Multimedia Encyclopedia, until it recently began to be sold as a stand-alone product. For fans of modern art, it’s worth searching out. The Maeght Foundation in the south of France contains one of the greatest collections of modern art outside of a major museum, and all of it is displayed in an environment designed by the artists themselves. Miro, Matisse, Giacometti, Calder, Chagall; the names read like an honor roll of early 20th century artists. The design of the CD-ROM’s interface attempts to echo the minimalist environment of the Foundation, with mixed results. The clean white background, cropped images and modern type are all successful; some of our reviewers, however, felt that enclosing the copious videos in a circular frame bordered on the annoying. The supporting material could be stronger; Modern Art is heavy on video and imagery, but light on background about the artists (unless it related directly to the Maeghts themselves). The disc does manage to make good use of the multimedia format. Video, photos, music, and historic footage and quotes are liberally interspersed throughout. This is an enjoyable way to tour the Foundation if you can get your hands on a copy.
– May 1996