Museum Art: The Virtual Experience

Although museums worldwide have closed down, you can still view a vast selection of art through virtual exhibits.

By Ellinor Rundhovde

Over 500 museums worldwide have partnered with Google Arts & Culture to provide picturesque virtual experiences and a perfect pastime for this pandemic.

 Maybe you had a trip planned to one of these locations, maybe you need a distraction, or maybe you’re just bored out of your mind stuck at home all day. Either way, there are a ton of museums to choose from, so here’s a few of Tusk’s favorites to get you started.  

Museo Frida Kahlo, Mexico City, Mexico

Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) lived and died in La Casa Azul. After her death, the house was preserved and now functions as a museum known as Museo Frida Kahlo. Appearances Can Be Deceiving: Frida Kahlo’s Wardrobe is an online version of an exhibit currently on display.

It offers an intimate look at Kahlo’s wardrobe, including traditional Tehuana dresses and medical corsets, and explores how she navigated and expressed her identity as interlinked with disability.

The online exhibit is available here.

Appearances Can Be Deceiving: Frida Kahlo’s Wardrobe at Museo Frida Kahlo (screenshot from the online exhibit).

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA

In 2016, LACMA displayed their exhibit Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715-2015. A condensed version of the exhibit is now available online, and offers a fascinating look at men’s fashion in its own right–not as a side note to womenswear.

Reigning Men is divided into five themes, including EAST/WEST, which explores international cultural exchanges, and THE SPLENDID MAN, focused on challenging notions of menswear and masculinity. The exhibit traces the history of menswear through three centuries and gives a behind-the-scenes look at how the curators put the historical pieces on display.

The online exhibit is available here.

Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715-2015 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (screenshot from the online exhibit). 

National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, India

Amrita Sher-Gil (1913-1941) was a Hungarian-Indian painter, who in her too-short life left a lasting mark on India’s art history. Her paintings are declared national treasures, and less than 10 of her works have left the country. Sher-Gil is known for her portraiture and depictions of  everyday life, with a signature expression that has established her as one of the most prominent modern Indian artists. The National Gallery of Modern Art is displaying some of her works in an online exhibit that also gives an overview of Sher-Gil’s life and legacy, her influences, and the evolution of her artistic style.

The online exhibit is available here.

Amrita Sher-Gil’s self-portraits at the National Gallery of Modern Art (screenshot from the online exhibit).

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, USA

Comme des Garçons by Rei Kawakubo (b. 1942) is undeniably one of the most famous fashion labels in the world. Kawakubo’s designs are never easily defined and exist in a space of “in-betweenness.”

Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between is a collaboration between Kawakubo and The Met, and explores nine expressions of this concept through an in-depth look at fashion design as an art form that transcends clothing.

The online exhibit is available here.

Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (screenshot from the online exhibit).

Discover what type of art you fancy with the full selection of museums here.

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