“The Visual Archive” makes hidden collections and datasets attractive

  • Intelligent automated visualization reveals hidden data assets
  • Displays digital collections and conveys knowledge in a compelling way
  • Applicable to art and research as well as corporate content


The project team Plural has developed “The Visual Archive”, a technology which facilitates the processing and display of hidden data collections.

In recent years, numerous art and cultural institutions as well as companies around the globe have digitized their objects and archives. “The Visual Archive” aims at revealing these treasures and making them available online in a sophisticated design. “Forgotten Heritage”, the recent implementation of the Plural solution, just went online – a joint project of several art archives promoted by Creative Europe.

The technology makes complex topics accessible. The visualization emerges either directly from digital archive data or connected databases. For the visual representation, the history of objects, thematic connections, biographies as well as production centers and provenances on maps are perfectly suitable.

The potential of data visualization for the cultural sector, but also for research, science and economics, is illustrated by “Forgotten Heritage”. About 8,000 entries from archives all over Europe were brought together and made tangible in their context. The elaborate design opens up a fascinating network of works, artists and places of action directly in the browser of any PC or mobile device.

The website www.forgottenheritage.eu lets visitors immerse themselves in the world of avant-garde artists from Poland, Estonia, Croatia, France and Belgium, who were active in the second half of the 20th century.


Fascinating overview draws attention to the originals

Communicate, convey knowledge and make it appealing – this is the aim of “The Visual Archive”. Thanks to the visualization, museum visitors, experts or clients can obtain an overview of collections of all kinds presented in a compelling way. Such an online presence attracts new visitors, who will later be captivated by the unique aura of the originals.

For the museums, archives or companies, the implementation is straightforward: “We help harnessing your treasures, your digital datasets and your knowledge in new ways,” says Kilian Krug, information designer and founding member of Plural. “Do not just show beautiful pictures online, but provide the public with an exciting overall picture and previously unknown connections.”



About Plural:

Plural is an award winning project team of experts in strategy, communication, design, development and implementation. Their clients include well-known museums, educational and research institutions as well as successful startups and companies.


Press contact:

Kilian Krug
Große Hamburger Straße 28
10115 Berlin

+49 30 89391925



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