Leonardo DiCaprio lends weight to ‘Shazam for art’ app

/ 09:49 PM February 08, 2018

Image: Magnus via AFP Relaxnews

An app that calls itself “Shazam for art” has announced that Leonardo DiCaprio has come on board as an investor and advisor.

Using a similar concept to the audio search app Shazam, Magnus allows users to upload a photo of an artwork they’re curious about. The app will then return details such as the work’s name, artist and price, information that can otherwise be difficult to obtain for all but the savviest collectors.


The Magnus database, which relies in part on crowdsourcing, includes more than 10 million images, covering 20,000 museums, galleries and auction houses around the world.

The goal of the app, says its founding company, is to democratize the art market and, in the words of founder and CEO Magnus Resch, to make it more “transparent, open and honest.”


In a statement announcing his involvement with the company, Leonardo DiCaprio echoed that aim, saying, “Visual art is a powerful tool for spreading ideas, memorializing history and bringing people together around a common purpose.”

The company hopes the app will also help to grow the art market by attracting new collectors and giving existing buyers a new and useful tool. It joins a number of players that are finding success in bringing art into the digital realm, including the online platform Artsy and art market site Artnet.

The Magnus app is available from for iOS and Android at JB


Google Flights can predict flight delays weeks in advance

700,000 fewer apps on Google Play as they clean up the store

TOPICS: Apps, Art, Leonardo DiCaprio, Magnus, Shazam
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

‘The King’: Interesting but not memorable

December 07, 2019 05:45 AM


Theater Calendar

December 07, 2019 05:40 AM


Gratifying variety of campus theater offerings

December 07, 2019 05:30 AM

© Copyright 1997-2019 | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.