Unlocking private collections

Scan The World brings Christian Levett's collection to the world

Greek hoplite panoply by © Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins (MACM) 2020Scan The World

Through their partnerships with museums and other heritage institutions, Scan the World enables you and the community to access culture from across the globe where it may otherwise be inaccessible. This is most notable in times like these when travel is limited and institutions have been forced to close their doors to the public because of an international lockdown.


So, how can you enjoy the culture that museums and other such establishments have to offer? You can visit Scan The World, the museum that’s always open! Through democratised new technologies and techniques, Scan the World is able to provide access to culture from archives and inaccessible locations. 


Galerie des Portraits at MACM by © Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins (MACM) 2020Scan The World

The Mougins Museum is a private gallery owned by Christian Levett, a philanthropist and collector of important art, who invited Scan The World to 3D scan its extensive collection cultural artefacts. 


First floor gallery 2 by © Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins (MACM) 2020Scan The World

We had a chance to catch-up with Leisa Paoli, Director of The Mougins Museum, to gain an insight into how the Scan The World initiative helped digitize their collections to enable open access to cultural artefacts and benefits institutions such as museums. 


Gallery of Portrait Heads by © Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins (MACM) 2020Scan The World

Mougins and its History

The Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins (MACM) opened in June 2011.

The Mougins Museum is located in Mougins, one of the most picturesque villages in Provence and home to some of the greatest artists, as well as being a renowned culinary destination. Only 15 minutes from Cannes, the village of Mougins is a must-see destination nestled between sea and mountain on the Côte d’Azur.

Christian Levett chose this prestigious location to found a museum and share his extraordinary collection with the public.

Throughout the four floors of the museum, one can admire modern and contemporary artworks interspersed with Roman portrait statues and busts, Greek pottery and jewelry, Egyptian sarcophagi, reliefs and amulets.

The great masters of the 17th and 18th centuries interact with Picasso, Chagall, Braque, Matisse, Hirst, Gormley and Quinn... to name but a few.


First floor gallery 2 by © Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins (MACM) 2020Scan The World

The connections made between artworks and artists emphasize the influence of classical civilizations on the art world and give a new resonance to the works on display. 

Armour Collection by © Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins (MACM) 2020Scan The World

Ancient civilizations, stories and myths provide an inspiring background to the visitor’s journey through the collection and the armory on the top floor is home to the world’s largest private collection of Graeco-Roman helmets and armor.  

First Floor Gallery by © Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins (MACM) 2020Scan The World

Why digitise your collection?

Since the opening of the museum, the MACM has embraced digital technology and the benefits it can bring to the museum experience as a whole.

The museum is equipped with interactive touch screens throughout the galleries, which provide additional information and enrich the visit for adults and children alike.

When Google launched its Cultural Institute in Paris, we became a participating museum partner in 2012 of Google Art Project, now known as Google Arts & Culture. One can see a selection of art and artefacts from the collection and visit the galleries via ‘museum street view’ (see it here).

In 2017 we launched the application MACM4D - the interactive virtual museum. Thanks to this application, the visitor can enjoy the unique experience of the MACM with a virtual tour of exceptional quality – admiring the large array of artworks and 3D views of a selection of objects, zooming in on the smallest of details, created by the developer Navigator4D.

First floor gallery 2 by © Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins (MACM) 2020Scan The World

We were happy to give Scan the World access to the Mougins Museum galleries in February 2017. With their state of the art technology, they were able to digitize numerous objects from the collection. 

First Floor Gallery by © Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins (MACM) 2020Scan The World

This gave us the possibility to join the online library alongside some of the greatest museums worldwide.

We saw this opportunity as a natural evolution of the museum’s digital presence in this fast-moving and innovative 21st-century world! 

Male Torso, Collection of The Mougins Museum by Jonathan BeckScan The World

What does digitisation mean to The Mougins Museum?

Since day 1 we continually strive to make the Mougins Museum accessible to all, regardless of age, knowledge or social status. Everyone should have equal access to our cultural heritage – our being the keyword. The right to discover and explore our cultural heritage, whether it is immovable or unmovable, is a privilege that should belong to each and every one of us. Unfortunately for numerous different reasons and practicalities, this is not always the case.

Digitizing museum collections, historical monuments and even underwater discoveries, opens up a whole new realm of possibilities, which overcome some of the obstacles that certain individuals amongst us are faced with.

Egypt Gallery at the MACM by © Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins (MACM) 2020Scan The World

This ever-evolving digital technology brings the Mougins Museum collection to those who cannot come to the museum.

And in these challenging times that the world is enduring this applies to everybody at the moment! 

Lucius Verus, from the collection of The Mougins Museum by Scan the WorldScan The World

How about 3D printing and 3D scanning?

In addition to my previous answer, this is a fun, creative and informative means of sharing the MACM collection with people wherever they may be around the world.

The 3D print-outs of our artefacts are also a very useful resource to have in the museum itself for our educational visits. Touch is one of the senses we are often restricted from experiencing in a museum visit. Thanks to these 3D printed replicas, young children or sight-impaired visitors can overcome their frustration of this restriction.  

First floor gallery 2 by © Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins (MACM) 2020Scan The World

What are your favorite artefacts scanned by Scan The World?

Oh, that’s difficult to answer, just as I find it almost impossible to name my favorite piece in the museum collection! 

Sappho by Emile-Antoine Bourdelle and Scan the WorldScan The World

I do like the scan of Antoine Bourdelle’s bronze sculpture ‘Sapho’. 

It's nice to see the beautiful drapery of her dress as you move around the 3D scan. 

Caracalla, from the collection of the Mougins Museum by Scan the WorldScan The World

But I guess my favorite is the Roman portrait of Emperor Caracalla – the scanned replica is very lifelike to the ancient marble sculpture and it captures the fierce expression of this tyrannical ruler.   

Loading 3D model
, Scan the World, From the collection of: Scan The World
Show lessRead more
Credits: Story

Models used, download for free below:
A Roman marble bust of the Emperor Caracalla (BY-NC-SA)
Male Torso (BY-NC-SA)
Roman bust of Lucius Verus (BY-NC-SA)

Explore The Mougins Museum's collection on MyMiniFactory

If you are a private collector and want to unlock the potential of your collection, contact us at stw@myminifactory.com

Credits: All media
The story featured may in some cases have been created by an independent third party and may not always represent the views of the institutions, listed below, who have supplied the content.
Explore more
Related theme
Preserving Our Past
Learn how people around the world are working to preserve our shared history
View theme
Google apps