(Virtual) Art GuideCulture, a Click Away
Since the coronavirus outbreak began, a number of museums and galleries have unveiled increasingly innovative online experiences to keep their "doors" open. More than just zooming in on a high-res image, these cultural outposts offer guided tours, navigable 360° views and behind-the-scenes interviews with industry leaders and the artist themselves. Our favorites, below.
The National Gallery of Victoria — Melbourne, Australia
Highlights: A new showcase on Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, their friendship and overlapping circles (Madonna, Warhol). There's a learning hub for the kids, too, complete with art activities, e-books and a special app that lets them create their own stop-motion animations.
The Louvre — Paris, France
Highlights: Finally, experience the Mona Lisa, via VR, without having to elbow through the crowds. After you peruse the collection at this Parisian institution, head on over to the Louvre outpost in Abu Dhabi—now it's only a click away.
Highlights: The museum is offering free art courses online, with topics ranging from Fashion as Design and Postwar Abstract Painting, and the opportunity to participate in a crowdsourced work, Collective Poem, inspired by a 1981 version by the artist group Colectivo 3. Every Thursday, MoMA is also hosting live Q&As and tours. On the agenda for this week: its famous Sculpture Garden, followed by a guided meditation.
Highlights: There's a trio of exhibits on dance and performance artists, but if there's one exhibit to view virtually, it's this: Picture Gallery in Transformation, a long-standing, ever-changing exhibit of works dating from 4th Century BC to 2008, each hanging from the ceiling on crystal easels, making the showcase itself as cool as the masterpieces involved.
Highlights: Deep dive into the The Met 360° Project, an award-winning video series that allows you to all the museum's iconic wings in spherical 360° technology—like the famed The Temple of Dendur, where the Met Gala is typically held. Then, instead of the gift shop, head here, where the museum is offering DIY coloring pages of famous works as at-home keepsakes.