This season is all about appreciating art from a distance.
We have swayed through the storm and we are determined to rise up even stronger than before. April didn’t go as we hoped it would with unpredictable events taking somewhat a toll, yet staying at home has reminded us of all the things we should be grateful for. This month’s art edition is taking a twisted turn with the grace of state-of-the-art technologies that have made art accessible to anyone, even under these unprecedented circumstances. Whilst Bangkok and other parts of the world remain under a partial lockdown, our greatest remedy right now would be to immerse ourselves into some inspiring and vibrant art. We’ve put together a list of 10 must-see virtual art exhibitions from all around the world, because if it’s on our artsy radar, it should definitely be on yours too.
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Located in Amsterdam, the Van Gogh Museum houses the most extensive collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) in the world. The collection includes over 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and more than 750 letters from the legendary artist. Moreover, the museum also has exhibitions on many other subjects from 19th-century art history. Treat your inner artist with some mesmerising art.
The first museum to entirely focus and dedicate itself to modern art. Established in 1929, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in midtown Manhattan offers a pictorial overview of contemporary and modern art. Think, innovative European paintings, sculptures of the 1880s, today’s film design, and even performance art. Some of their collections highlight Claude Monet’s Water Lilies, Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night, and Pablo Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, Andy Warhol’s many recent works, and many more to count.
The Palace of Versailles has been listed as a prestigious entity of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites for the past 30 years, given its finest achievements in French art from the 17th century. Think about the French Revolution and The Hall of Mirrors from the King’s Fran apartment. Now, embellish them into art and you’ve witnessed the most fascinating masterpieces of all time.
Gaze over some of the most famous works like van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait, Velázquez’s Rokeby Venus, Turner’s Fighting Temeraire and Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. The National Gallery Collection houses over 2,300 works including major traditions of Western European paintings that resonate the time of late medieval and the Renaissance in Italy, to the French Impressionists. Evoke on a journey from the 13th century to the early 20th century via the National Gallery Collection’s website.
The most significant Norwegian contribution to art history lies in the City of Oslo where The Munch Museum has preserved the works of legendary artist Edvard Munch. After the artist died in 1944 he granted all his remaining works to the city. His work exercised a decisive influence on European art trends. Expect to see a unique collection of about 1100 paintings, 4500 drawings, and 18000 prints at this museum. Here’s a snippet of the museum and all the beauty they have on display.
The J.Paul Getty Museum houses works of art from the 18th to 21st century at the Getty Center. Think of a breathtaking view of Los Angeles and tranquil gardens as the backdrop, too. Did you ever wonder what people ate during the Middle Ages and Renaissance? Expanding on this notion with a focus on bread and wine, hear conversations and engaging tales via their “Eat, Drink, and Be Merry” event.
Ohara Museum of Art features Western Art in its finest form, and is the oldest cultural institution in Japan. The museum has a character of its own and plays an active role in Kurashiki with both modern and contemporary art from the West and Japan. Alongside, there are pieces by artists who served during the Japanese Fold Art Movement known as the Mingei Movement. Get a splurge of Japanese culture at the Ohara Museum of Art from the comfort of your home.
Australia’s oldest public art museum established in 1861, shares a rich history and world-class collection of over 70,000 works. Get on a treasure hunt down the walls of NGV International on St. Kilda Road and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square. Jump on their NGV exhibitions form home with their interactive virtual self-guided tours.