Second Canvas

Create new ways to explore your collection through super high-resolution images and impressive multimedia storytelling.

Why Second Canvas

Second Canvas is the 360º solution for museums to build multimedia experiences with their collections, by combining zoomable super high-resolution images with interactive storytelling. Online media publishing (webs and apps), in-gallery interpretation devices, digital labeling, digital replacements, educational activities or digital exhibitions are some of the uses for Second Canvas.

Landing Exhibitions UX
Landing Exhibitions iPad
Landing Exhibitions Education
Landing Exhibitions Wall

Main Features

  • Convert your images into a zoomable format
  • Enrich your images with multimedia and multi-language content
  • Publish the result in any platform you want
  • Manage everything from an intuitive and easy-to-use CMS

Already using Second Canvas

Secondcanvas Prado Masterpiece App
Secondcanvas Mauritshuis App
Second Canvas Thyssen App

And also Ekain, Museo San Telmo, Museo Balenciaga, Fundación Telefónica, Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga, Museo Lázaro Galdiano, Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Museu de l’Empordà, Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Museum AppliedArts Budapest, Paris Musées, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, SNG Zvolen Castle, Untzi Museoa – Museo Naval, and more…

Philippe RiviereMiren VivesImageLaura FernándezJonas Heide Smith
Working with Madpixel on Second Canvas software was very important for Paris Musées. Indeed, publishing our artworks online is one of the main goal of the institution to make discover the objects of the collections of the 14 civic museums of Paris. Second Canvas allow us to go way further than a classic online collection platform! We can propose very strong storytelling on our masterpieces and discover them differently with very high resolution pictures. This project brings together all different knowledge from our museums and have been assessed very positively by everyone! After a first version of the project, we all agreed in Paris Musées to do more with them and with the Second Canvas software.
Philippe Riviere
Head of Digital and Communication at Paris Musées
Second Canvas gives us the opportunity to combine, on a single platform, content that we have been working on in different areas of the museum: education, conservation, documentation, etc. with the added advantage of interactivity. And adapt it to different uses and audiences, defining projects ad hoc.
Miren Vives
Miren Vives, Director of the Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum.
Visitors to the gallery can spend a minute, even just half a minute, looking at a picture. With the app you can explore every centimetre of the work of art in your own time on your iPad, leading to a deeper understanding of how it was created and every detail the artist included.
Gabriele Finaldi
Former Deputy Director at Museo del Prado (currently Director of the National Gallery in London)
For the Telefónica Foundation, Second Canvas is a tool of great value. First, it is totally in line with our philosophy of joining art and technology to spread culture, and it contributes to positioning us within this context. And additionally, apart from being an ideal means for conserving our collection, it permits us to approach art in an innovative way-in keeping with the XXI Century- and so open doors to other interpretations that are the result of this digital perspective.
Laura Fernández Orgaz
Fundación Telefónica Responsible for de Art and Technology Projects
Many apps and websites offer gateways into a museum’s collection but very few have the elegance and the sheer joy-of-use achieved by Second Canvas. The careful attention to user-experience and design makes it a wonderful addition to the suite of interfaces that we at SMK offer our guests. Here’s an app that actually manages to rival the experience of print publications.
Jonas Heide Smith
Head of Digital at Statens Museum for Kunst / National Gallery of Denmark