Museums: WeChat App Joins Collection at V&A Museum
For the first time, a social media app has joined the permanent collection at a major museum.
London’s Victoria and Albert Museum announced this week that it has acquired a version of WeChat — the most widely used social media app in China, with 963 million users. Visitors can now view the app on a mobile phone in Gallery 76 of the museum, where it is joined by digital stickers and sketches.
While it may be a first for social media, WeChat is not the first app to join a museum collection. Most notably, in 2014 Icelandic singer Björk’s Biophilia app — the first album app ever made — was added to the permanent collection at New York’s Museum of Modern Art
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