There’s no point in sugarcoating it — things are bad and they’re about to get worse before they get any better. COVID-19 virus has brought the world to a halt, shuttering all art and cultural institutions in affected countries, and putting millions worldwide in quarantine, self-imposed or not. Meanwhile, if you’re feeling hungry for art while you’re stranded at home, you might be pleased to know that 2,500 world-class museums and galleries are now offering virtual tours and online collections on Google’s Arts Culture pages. (And for opera fans, the Metropolitan Opera in New York City is streaming concerts for free.)
Google Arts Culture’s collection includes many of the world’s biggest museums: Tate Modern and the British Museum in London, the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, and the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum in NYC, among hundr of others. In most, you can browse through entire exhibitions online, and in many, you can also walk through the museum using Google’s street view.
See online exhibitions like But a Storm Is Blowing From Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa and The Little-Known Glass Works of Josef Albers here and virtually tour the building here (you’d save yourself $25).
Musée d’Orsay, Paris
Get a close look at the works of Monet, Cézanne, Gauguin, and hundr of other French painters here.
Walk among Vermeer, Rembrandt, and many more masters from the Dutch Golden Age here.
Catch up on the best of contemporary art from Korea here.
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
MASP, São Paulo
Uffizi Gallery, Florence
And, finally, enjoy this short walkthrough of the 2019 exhibition No Wrong Holes: Thirty Years of Nayland Blake at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (LAICA), courtesy the artist himself.
— Nayland Blake (@naylandblake) March 15, 2020