MUSEO_IA| Learning from Oblivion|



  • Museo de Palencia, Palencia, Spain, 2023
  • DiverseArtPB, Art Palm Beach (Florida), USA, 2024

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The project "MUSEO_IA|Learning from Oblivion" is a remarkable artistic endeavor that harnesses Artificial Intelligence to recreate disappeared artistic heritage, specifically focusing on the missing Fine Arts section of the Museum of Palencia

The project addresses the historical absence of a Fine Arts collection in the Palencia Museum, which was supposed to house a significant batch of works, including 57 paintings that vanished before its creation in 1921. By utilizing advanced AI techniques, the project aims to re-materialize this lost collection, engaging the intelligence and collective collaboration of the population of Palencia and global participants through the Internet. Through a collective decision-making process, the project seeks to determine which pieces will be part of the new 21st-century collection.

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Palencia is a small community, rich in culture and history, that often finds itself feeling forgotten, overlooked, and disconnected from the broader narrative of progress and development. As a result, a sense of disenchantment sets in, leading to a diminished sense of belonging and pride in their heritage. By combining technological innovation with a steadfast commitment to preserving cultural heritage, this project contributes to reversing the tide of neglect and reclaims the significance of small communities on the national stage.

The project goes beyond AI reconstruction, incorporating virtual reality scenarios and other immersive tools to enhance the visitor experience. The Virtual Museum platform allows audiences to explore and engage with the recreated collection firsthand, contributing to a collective reflection on heritage and cultural processes.

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By facilitating public participation and democratizing access to cultural heritage, the project aligns with the goal of cultural democracy, emphasizing the importance of citizen involvement in cultural action. It challenges both the public and institutions to confront past gaps in cultural representation and work towards a more inclusive and participatory cultural landscape.

This innovation has allowed the story of what happened to be now known, and has tried to reverse the situation by re-mastering the disappeared works of art, which from now on will form part of a new collection, generated with 21st century AI technology. The Museum that Never Was is thus reborn as a virtual Museum, accessible at

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Supported by the Ministry of Culture and Sports through subsidies for the modernization and innovation of Cultural and Creative Industries in 2022, the project represents a significant step towards elaborating and disseminating heritage in unprecedented ways, both nationally and internationally. Through its innovative approach and collaborative ethos, "MUSEO_IA: Learning from Oblivion" contributes to shaping a future where cultural heritage is accessible, relevant, and owned by all.