As restrictions continue, it’s looking like it will be a while before we can enjoy a visit to an exhibition. Fortunately, many galleries and museums continue to take their displays online. Here are a few we think are worth looking out for this month and beyond
Ed Moses: Whiplines, Waterfalls and Worms
Edward #2, 2008 — Ed Moses
JD Malat fought off a lot of competition to bring this display of Ed Moses’ work to life. One of the most acclaimed abstract artists of all time, Moses’ creations are as eclectic and diverse as they are conclusively his own. This particular exhibition, which focuses on the last two decades of Moses’ life – he died in 2018 at the age of 92 – highlights some of his most ambitious and creative work and showcases why many regard him as the master of the abstract art form. Runs till 10 March.
If you’ve ever been to Rome and decided to take a trip to Vatican City and the iconic St. Peter’s Basilica then you’ll be very aware that, more often than not, such a visit requires hour upon hour of standing in queues. Now, with the Vatican’s extensive selection of virtual tours, such queuing is no longer necessary. Tour the Sistine Chapel, home to arguably the most famous artwork ever created, and also the Profane Museum, a selection of artefacts and items regarded as being ‘overtly pagan’ by the Catholic Church.
Crucibles, vectors, catalysts: Envisioning the modern city
Latif Al Ani, Shorja Street, Baghdad, 1960
A combination of lectures, seminars, displays and previously unseen footage, this incredible show, presented by a host of academics, scholars, artists and researchers, provides a bespoke – and utterly comprehensive – insight into how cities located in former colonial countries have developed, evolved and changed in the wake of independence. Focusing specifically on cities in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia, this varied presentation offers an unprecedented insight into how politics, cultural identity, economic turmoil and radical ambition can play a huge role in dictating what urban environments look like.
Phyllida Barlow Small Worlds
untitled: pinkholder; 2020 lockdown — P. Barlow
Like nearly all of the exhibits and displays featured here, this was originally intended to be seen in person, but Hauser & Wirth has done an incredible job of bringing the display to life for virtual audiences. Launched at the beginning of February, this insatiably unique series of installations focuses on works created by Phyllida Barlow during the London lockdowns that were a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Though generally known for her expansive and sizeable pieces, this display, which is made up entirely of pieces created within Phyllida’s home studio, shows her going in a different – and much smaller – direction. The collection is at once intimate and completely alluring, so make sure you take a virtual visit while you can!
Mushrooms: The Art, Design and Future of Fungi
Somerset House is known for putting on exhibitions and displays that are rather unusual, and this exploration of the influence of mushrooms in art and design is one of the oddest, but also one of the most beautiful. If you’re anything like me you’ve probably never contemplated how commonplace mushrooms are across all aspects of art, design, music, fashion and architecture, but after a virtual trip around this extensive and incredibly impressive series of displays, you’ll be seeing mushrooms everywhere!
Seana Gavin, Land of the Midnight Mushroom, 2019
Anno’s Journey: The World of Anno Mitsumasa
This comprehensive tour is one of the most popular virtual art tours online right now. Here, you are invited to delve into the world of Anno Mitsumasa, Japan’s most established and revered illustrator. During his long career, he also became one of the most accomplished children’s authors in the world, receiving the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the Japanese Person of Cultural Merit, the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Brooklyn Museum of Art Award, as well as many others. Mitsumasa sadly died on Christmas Eve of 2020, so if you’ve ever wanted to learn more about one of the most influential artists in recent history, there really has never been a more appropriate time.
Japan House virtual tour
Fluorescent Smogg is known the world over for its innovative, conceptual and often bizarre artistic experiences. Its latest release is titled ‘Dream Machine’, a group show that utilises a pioneering approach to virtual reality, which has been designed to explore – in a way you will not have seen elsewhere – the complexities of 2020. The art on show is a mix of 2D and 3D pieces and contains works from renowned artists such as Sickboy and Nano 4814. This is truly one of those displays that is impossible to fully describe in writing, so if it sounds like it could potentially be your thing, head over there now.
Dream Machine virtual tour
If you’re looking for something completely different – but something that can still be regarded as a cultural tour – then why not take a virtual wander around some of the world’s most exciting cities? If you are the kind of person that enjoys understanding specific regions of the world and tends to experience various cultures via the medium of long weekends abroad, then this is undoubtedly the best alternative for the time being. Take a stroll around Berlin, Milan, Moscow, Beijing, Barcelona, Damascus, New York and many more besides, and experience other cities from the comfort of your own home!
Virtual walk in Paris
Also worth a visit
Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers — DesignMuseum.org
Tracey Emin, Edvard Munch: The Loneliness of the Soul — RoyalAcademy.org.uk
Technicolour Muse — AliasTrate.com
Museums of the World — BritishMuseum.WithGoogle.com
The Night Watch — BeleefdenachtWacht.nl/en