The best thing we need to do right now to overcome Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is to stay at home on worldwide quarantine. This means that the world will go digital as this is the only way to escape and fight with the situation we have. So, Keep Calm and Stay Home! Art and science became friendlier and open their virtual doors and offer free virtual tours for different exhibitions, and free online courses.
I believe that our mental (in the case of art, soul) well-being is as crucial as physical. We should be aware, condole victims but fight pandemic with an open and positive mind. It doesn’t mean close your eyes and gets into other reality, but be positive whatever happens and focus on solving not suffering.
Digitalization of Art
At the beginning of this “fabulous” 2020, I planned to write a post about the Future of Art predicting digitalization of art, VR and AR exhibitions, and so on. But, now it doesn’t make any sense to write the post about the Future of Art, as the future of art is already our present. Just in few days after worldwide quarantine art world moved to the digital world. We have live streams from Opera houses and virtual art exhibitions.
By the way, this and last year I’ve been to four outstanding exhibitions. First, in Paris in Ateliers des Lumiers and its digital exhibitions, AR and VR/AR exhibitions in Kharkiv, Ukraine, and Silent party (in earphones) the same in Kharkiv.
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Paris exhibition is a good place to see your favourite artists from different sides, as the exhibition include music, pictures, and movies. VR exhibition I like the most, and it is the future of art. Just imagine you have VR glasses and can travel and visit events together with other people from the comfort of your home right now. This what we wish we had during #stayhome movement. I could paint and walk through my paintings, I could travel and visit different places, I could walk in the universe and art objects created by artists. VR is the future of Art. AR was worthier.
You just install the app and look at illustrations on the pictures on the wall. The silent party was very practical. All participants were wearing earphones with music, and no people around hear any sound. So you can have such parties from anywhere, event at your house.
The future of Art is here, in our hands, literally. We can visit museums and exhibitions on our phone.
Treat Yourself, Enjoy Free Virtual Art Stuff
Over 500 museums are offering free virtual exhibitions, theatres live streaming, and education establishments offering free online courses. And, this is not the end. You can even travel cities virtually…I collected as many online activities as I can from different sources and articles which I will include.
Keep calm and adore art from home!
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If you are art lover and traveller, and support innovation and digitalization, this is a perfect place for you.
‘Google Arts & Culture features content from over 2000 leading museums and archives who have partnered with the Google Cultural Institute to bring the world’s treasures online. … See the architect’s first internationally acclaimed project.’
Some Modern Art Exhibitions and Virtual Tours
Art Basel offers online viewing rooms
Famous for its Banana on the wall, Art Basel opens its virtual doors to Hong Kong leg edition, showcasing grand set pieces such as Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Room and Philippe Parreno’s monumentally aquatic My Room Is Another Fishbowl, and other Middle Eastern, Asian and Southeast Asian masters.
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Experience an immersive environment of light and sound in the spirit of Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrored Room—The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away. Take an opportunity to delve into the spiritual aspects of Kusama's exploration of eternity—paired with aural selections chosen curated by The Broad, including drone, electronic, ambient, and pop music. Featuring deep cuts by celebrated musicians and sound artists from Los Angeles and beyond, the Infinite Drone series presents a new, contemplative way of experiencing The Broad’s most popular artwork. Today’s musical artist is: 𝗚𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘃𝗮 𝗦𝗸𝗲𝗲𝗻 The Oval Window (2018) Los Angeles-based artist and composer Geneva Skeen (@geneeves) is influenced by écriture féminine, alchemical metaphors, and a range of musical traditions ranging from holy mysticism to industrial. She works with recordings, digital presets, voice, and mixed instrumentation. Her performances, publications, and installations focus on the contrast between facing the finite resources of our physical landscapes and their infinite digital representations. She is a recipient of the Touch Mentorship program and a member of VOLUME, a curatorial collective focused on sound-based practices. “The Oval Window” is a stereo drone work composed strictly using recordings of voice and piano processed through digital and analog technologies. The sloping harmonics and peripheral speech affects highlighted in the composition were scraped from the original raw recordings, then reshaped in relation to each other’s line, pitch, and duration. ___ Written & performed by Geneva Skeen Published by Touch Music/Fairwood Music Ltd www.genevaskeen.com
The Middle East’s Art Olympics, Art Dubai
Because of Coronavirus pandemic, this largescale art event was cancelled, but organisers are continuing with a series of talks and performances.
“Join curators Gregor Muir and Fiontán Moran as they discuss Warhol through the lens of the immigrant story, his LGBTQI identity and concerns with death and religion.”
David Zwirner Gallery Online Exhibition
“The Viewing Room is David Zwirner’s online exhibition space, where visitors can explore and collect works from curated, online-only exhibitions by gallery artists and special collaborations. The Viewing Room is David Zwirner’s online exhibition space, where visitors can explore and collect works from curated, online-only exhibitions by gallery artists and special collaborations.”
Famous Museums Virtual Tours
The National Gallery 360-view Virtual Exhibitions
One of the biggest London art galleries with its 2,300 publicly owned paintings offer your different virtual tours online.
“The museum may be closed, we will bring Vincent van Gogh to you. On this page you will find a selection of tips to enjoy the museum from home. Take a look, there is something for everyone!”
You can take a virtual tour to a well-known Monet house, even viewing small details like his pictures or decor items. No opportunity to walk inside the garden though.
Casa Batllo Virtual Tour
I can’t believe but it’s true. You can take a full virtual tour of Gaudi’s famous Casa Batllo in Barcelona. Even terraces, even the roof.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Visit virtually famous US museum and the “Richter: Painting After All” exhibition: link. The Met’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History pairs essays and works of art with chronologies, telling the story of art and global culture through the museum’s collection: link. Met’s complete collection: click. And, the Met Cloisters: click.
View MoMA’s collection: click here.
The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
The museum has made 84,000 of them accessible online. Highlights include pieces by Claude Monet, Henri Matisse, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg.
Famous museum of modern art. You can view both the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice and the Guggenheim Museum BilbaoHear Guggenheim Staff and 99% Invisible’s Roman Mars on the Guggenheim’s architecture: click here.
To undergo a virtual tour of the historic museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright: click here.
Museo del Prado
This museum also digitized its huge collection of Bosch, Titian, El Greco, Rubens, Velázquez and Goya.You can view the museum’s complete collection: click here.
Our beloved museum will allow you to save days for the future, so next time you visit Louvre, you can go straight to Mona Lisa and leave (my article about Mona Lisa). You can virtually discover the exhibition “The Advent of the Artist” with works by Delacroix, Rembrandt and Tintoretto. Afterwards, visit the “Egyptian Antiquities” wing or “Galerie d’Apollon,” which displays a mural homage to the Sung King, Louis XIV.
Iconic British Museum that famous by Lewis Chessmen or masterworks by Raphael and impressive collection and architecture of the museum itself.
V&A offers various virtual tours, online exhibitions, articles, press-post releases and any information you need to get into artful space. This museum also offers its audience not only a great collection of artwork, but different modern exhibitions.
The Musée de l ‘ Orangerie offers a virtual tour of the masterpiece of Claude Monet, the famous Nympheas.
And you can be a part of it.
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg
To see as much as possible, go on a five-hour journey through the Hermitage, shot on the iPhone 11 Pro with one take in 4K.
Visit Frida’s iconic blue house in Mexico? Now transformed into a museum, it is a must-visit spot in Mexico.
This unique, must-visit museum will bring you the atmosphere of Dali’s life and imagination. You can do it virtually from now.
This museum (Florence, Italy) has created an online gallery that you can not only scroll these exhibitions and read but listen to its audio podcasts.
You can experience an online art experience and 360 virtual tours of the Sistine Chapel and the Chiaramonti Museum.
Fantastic collection of top-rated historical museums in Ukraine with a virtual guide and option to choose your language.
Virtually Step inside The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida
Some more Dali. And, I already mentioned about this museum and AI Dali exhibition.
Theatres and Concert Halls (Operas)
Famous Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre London has joined the ranks of cultural institutions around the world which offers a virtual tour. Globe Theatre streams its incredible performances of Shakespeare plays.
The Paris Opera is screening its performances online for free
You have a chance to watch from the comfort of your famous Opera performances of the iconic Paris Opera.
Find all performances on the website.
Enjoy Russian ballet on your coach.
Met launches “Nightly Met Opera Streams,” a free series of encore Live in HD presentations streamed on the company website during the coronavirus closure. All streams now available for 23 hours.
“In this difficult situation, Vienna State Opera is now opening its livestream archives, so that music lovers all over the world will still be able to enjoy opera and ballet.”
Stream The Berliner Philharmoniker into your home – on your TV, computer, tablet or smartphone. Live or on-demand from our archive.
Watch Broadway performances online via Broadway HD.
If you didn’t have enough expenses to visit this over glamorous country, now you have a chance to do it from home.
Explore a live nature cam network and selection of documentary film channels, offering everything from bald eagle watching to pipeline surfing. Go on a virtual tour of famous national parks around the world, including Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, and even walk the Great Wall of China!
Get into a Royal Garden in London.
You can travel to Cork, Ireland.
NASA has made their entire collection of videos, sounds, images, etc. publicly available online. Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover (best experienced on Chrome) or explore the International Space Station!
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Modern Art & Ideas with Lisa Mazzola of MoMA’s Department of Education – Link.
Source and more courses: artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-10-art-history-classes-online-free
Virtual Party and Bar
The Way I See It, is a collaboration between the BBC and MoMA. Link.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) podcast Raw Material. Link.
99% Invisible is about design rather than art by the Guggenheim New York. Link.