10 of the Best Virtual Exhibits to Visit From Your Sofa
BY MARIE-CLAIRE CHAPPET
Lockdown may have forced the closure of art galleries across the country, but - in a digital age - not even a global pandemic can stop creativity. Here, we round up just ten of the best exhibitions to peruse and immerse yourselves in, online now…
1Resilient Responses at Tate Throughout the continued lockdown, Tate’s various galleries are producing an online-only performance art series entitled Resilient Responses. The upcoming free shows include a moving meditation inspired by the art of Bruce Nauman (28 January) and an inspiring mix of dance, sound and spoken word, filmed in the Tanks at the Tate Modern (4 February). Visit tate.org.uk
2Technicolour Muse by Alias Trate The avant-garde artist has created is own virtual gallery which you can stroll around online to your heart’s content. It offers an ingenious opportunity to experience his varied output in-situ, in his studio space, and offers explanatory videos for each artwork, allowing you to delve deeper into his method and stimulus. Visit alaistrate.com 3Anno’s Journey: The World of Anno Mitsumasa at Japan House London Celebrating the work of one of Japan’s most beloved and prolific artists, Anno Mistumasa, this exhibition has been brilliantly rendered for online, with troves of information to peruse. The online tour has been skillfully composed by Japan House and feels utterly immersive, with the ability to zoom and spin yourself around the space as the soundtrack blasts through your screen. Visit japanhouselondon.uk
4Tracey Emin/Edvard Munch: The Loneliness of the Soul at the Royal Academy It was to be a major highlight of the 2020/2021 art calendar; an exhibition which celebrated the creative conversation between the YBA titan and her artistic forebear Edvard Munch. Tragically cut short (IRL) by the pandemic, you can now experience this powerful curation online, with an introduction and tour by Emin herself. Visit royalacademy.org.uk
5Mushrooms at Somerset House Yes, this really is an entire exhibition about mushrooms. The witty and surprisingly illuminating exhibition Mushrooms: The Art, Design and Future of Fungi was half-way through its run when lockdown shut the doors to Somerset House, so, for those who missed this unique presentation, there is a still a chance to catch the diverting online tour.
Not merely an online exhibition but, as its curators call it, ‘the world’s first ‘visual dictionary’ of the movements created by Bhangra dancing. The presentation comprises of both video and image and the premise is as beautiful as the results: visceral light paintings from the energy implicit in this traditional dance form. Visit ysp.org.uk
7Andy Warhol at the Tate Modern Unbelievably, this retrospective is the first Warhol exhibition at the Tate for over 20 years. Now, the expansive curation - which features works from his Ladies and Gentlemen series of trans women and black and latinx drag queens, shown for the first time in over 30 years - is available to view online, with an exhibition tour by curators Gregor Muir and Fiontán Moran. Visit tate.org.uk While most shows have had to adapt to a virtual iteration, here is an exhibition designed specifically for online consumption. Curated by London’s innovative gallery The Showroom; IN-FLO-RES-CENCE has been running since late summer 2020 and is a dazzling interdisciplinary platform where sound and art cross-pollinate. It can be streamed on Instagram, Vimeo or The Showroom’s website and is a bold testament to the potential of the digital canvas.
Visit theshowroom.org This small-but-mighty exhibition is a collection of works created by Amy Sherald, whose now iconic portrait of Breonna Taylor covered Vanity Fair in August 2020. These pieces have been made in direct response to the pandemic and turn the tradition of social portraiture on its head by featuring solely black women at ease. The online collection features videos of the artist at work, explaining her process and the inspiration behind the pieces. Visit vip-hauserwirth.com
10Artemisia at The National Gallery The first major UK exhibition of the radical 17th century artist is now available to experience as a specially curated online show. Tickets cost £8 (members can view for free) and the half-hour tour will take you on Artemisia’s ground-breaking journey from Rome to Venice, Florence to London, as she broke convention, subverted the male gaze and left a legacy of beautiful, evocative art in her wake. Visit nationalgallery.org.uk