Culture In Quarantine: Virtual Museum Tours You Can Take Right Now

If you are a stickler for art and culture, you probably already have your way around accessing museums and galleries around the world for tours, and sneak-peeks; you definitely have taken that “which painting you are” selfie and you almost most surely have the Google Arts & Culture application on your phone, and look at the works of Frida Kahlo, Van Gogh, Augustus Renoir, Amrita Shergill – while relaxing on your bed, or during a commute, or while your pals binge-watch another series on an OTT platform.

Come the era of the Covid 19 pandemic, and suddenly tourism and hospitality industry was faced something truly unprecedented and devastating. No longer were holidaying in a remote country an option, no longer could you stand in a line to see your favourite artists and their work. However, as always the Arts have a way to go about making your day. Countless museums started virtual tours, and encouraged art-lovers to log onto the internet to be mesmerised by Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Room, inspired by the ingenuity of Jeff Koons and Anish Kapoor, or simply be awestruck by the interiors of these expansive and grand museum spaces!

These are few of the many, many museums that are offering up culture like never before. Brush up your nuances when you have the time, so the next time whenever you do have the luck to be around people you can wax eloquent about Warhol, Vermeer, Varma! 

1. Guggenheim, Bilbao

2. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

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⁣Studies have shown that most visitors of museums take just a few seconds to stop and look at a work of art. During these times of restrictions, the Rijksmuseum challenges you to pause, take your time and look closely at the objects in our collection. Today we take a closer look at a floral still life. Swipe for the detail! ➡⠀ ⠀ In 1639 Hans Bollongier completed this very beautiful, but very impossible flower arrangement, since these different flowers do not bloom at the same time. 💐 The exuberant bouquet completely distracts you from the fact that a little snail is just about to tip over the edge of the table. 🐌⠀ ⠀ 🖼️ Floral Still Life, Hans Bollongier, 1639⠀ ⠀ #Rijksmuseum #Amsterdam #RijksDetails⠀⠀

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3. Louvre, Paris

4. The Broad, Los Angeles

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🔊 In this edition of Infinite Drone, listen to @tarajaneoneil’s piece “Believe” from her forthcoming album, Songs For Peacock. Since 1992, Tara Jane O'Neil has been creating experimental and melodic music as a solo artist and in collaboration with other musicians, dancers, filmmakers, and artists. In addition to rock clubs, festivals, galleries, and DIY spaces around the globe, her compositions have been performed at the @centrepompidou, @WhitneyMuseum, @GettyMuseum, @NewMuseum, TBA Festival, @PioneerWorks, All Tomorrow’s Parties, The Broad, @calartsredcat, and various wilderness areas. She was a founding member of the proto math-rock band Rodan and several other groups, and has collaborated on recordings and on stages with artists such as @LowerDens, Lucky Dragons, Mount Eerie, Michael Hurley, and Jmy James Kidd.

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5. The National Gallery, London

6. MoMA, New York

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“Leonora Carrington’s work presents a dreamscape that, in a time of prolonged isolation, reminds me that every piece of art can be an expression of hope, a promise of the wide and green world beyond. When we allow ourselves to share the imagery conjured by our imaginations with the world, we shake the magnificent stirrings that might otherwise lie dormant, just beneath the surface of our minds.” — Naomi Falk (@celardolor), Publications We asked our staff to share artworks they look to for solace, perspective, and resolve. Discover more #MoMAPicks at the link in our bio. — [Leonora Carrington. “Green Tea.” 1942. Oil on canvas. © 2020 Leonora Carrington / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York] #MoMACollection #LeonoraCarrington #surrealism

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7. National Gallery, Melbourne

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Today we celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, with an excerpt from Claire G. Coleman’s essay ‘Aboriginal Feminism and Gender’ from our latest publication She Persists. Read the full essay via link in bio. #IDAHOBIT “Many Australians profess surprise at the existence of LGBTIQ+ Indigenous people in Australia. However, within many of our communities, particularly in urban areas, sexuality and gender diversity is common. In some remote communities homophobia and transphobia seem less common than they are in cities; the lack of cultural hate suggests that such behaviour and thinking came with Christianity. I have never been afraid to hold hands with my girlfriend in any of the remote Aboriginal communities we have visited in the Northern Territory, north Queensland and northern Western Australia, but I have in the cities. That might be the opposite of what you were expecting. It makes me wonder: what is the vector for hate? It makes me wonder: what is the vector for hate? People of colour, the queer and the gender diverse all need these spaces, these homes within and simultaneously outside of society. Those of us who live and love at the intersections need them even more. Our art is important to our siblings at the margins, but it should also be important to those who live without discrimination. Works made at the intersections can teach everybody how to be better people.” #NGVEveryDay #museumathome #museumsandchill #togetherathome #IDAHOBIT • TextaQueen Gandhi returns (Self-portrait) 2013 from the series Unknown Artist 2013 National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Purchased NGV Foundation with the assistance of The Docking Drawing Fund © TextaQueen

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8. National Gallery, Singapore

9. National Museum, New Delhi

10. Getty Museum, Los Angeles 

11. Museu de Arte de, Sao Paulo

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[curadoria] em casa Poucos foram os momentos em que a pinacoteca de cavaletes do MASP ficou fechada à visitação antes da pandemia. Uma delas foi na ocasião de uma importante reorganização da exposição ‘Acervo em transformação’ em abril do ano passado. Desde que os cavaletes foram reinstalados em 2015, a disposição das obras seguia uma ordem cronológica – indo das mais antigas às mais recentes [img. 2]. O espectador, ao adentrar o segundo andar do museu, deparava-se frente a frente com destacadas obras Renascentistas de artistas como Andrea Mantegna (1431-1506) ou Rafael (1483-1520) [img. 2]. A partir daí, percorrer a galeria era também, de alguma maneira, reconhecer certos momentos da história da arte entre barroquismos, realismos, expressionismos e outros "ismos", até chegar na irreverência dos trabalhos mais contemporâneos, como por exemplo o iconoclasta cavalete baleado de Marcelo Cidade [img. 4]. Em 2019, invertemos a cronologia para começar pelos trabalhos contemporâneos [img. 3] e, no final da galeria, encontrar as obras que antes estavam na linha de frente da exposição do acervo. Foi uma operação trabalhosa que implicou retirar todas as 207 obras expostas e reposicioná-las seguindo uma nova ordem. Começamos pela última fileira, com as mesmas obras Renascentistas. O que mais me chamou a atenção na montagem foi a insólita vizinhança de uma pintura Botticelli [img. 1] com uma caixa de alta voltagem que antes nunca havia percebido. Longe de profanar a dimensão sagrada daquela cena, o símbolo que indica o risco iminente de choque elétrico parecia ali formular uma advertência bem atual: apesar dos cavaletes permitirem uma proximidade única com as obras, não se deve tocá-las. Olivia Ardui é curadora assistente @masp 1. Sandro Botticelli e ateliê, ‘Virgem com o Menino e são João Batista criança’, 1490-1500, doação Dona Sinhá Junqueira, no ‘Acervo em transformação’ em 2020 2. Vista do ‘Acervo em transformação’ em 2015 3. Vista do ‘Acervo em transformação’ em 2019 4. Marcelo Cidade, ‘Tempo suspenso de um estado provisório’, 2011/2015, doação do artista, no ‘Acervo em transformação’ em 2015 #maspemcasa #maspcuradoriaemcasa #marcelocidade #sandroboticelli

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