Covid-19 and the Arts
Due to Covid-19, most art institutions have had to close their doors or limit their visitation possibilities considerably. Many of these institutions are launching online exhibitions and initiatives to make their collections and visions accessible to the public. Here you will find the initiatives launched by our favorite institutions and by our partners.
BAK Utrecht, basis voor actuele kunst
One of our favorite artistic platforms has decided not to translate their physical work one-on-one unto an online medium to counter potentially excessive display practices. BAK continues their work, however, on their usual online platforms focusing their energies on this crisis’ transformative potential and support for their artistic communities. Part of this effort is accessible via their digital forum Prospections or visit their Covid-19 information page.
Between Art and Quarantine / Tussen Kunst en Quarantaine.
An online challenge that invites art lovers to imitate their favorite art piece from home. For the most recent additions check out @betweenartandquarantine or @tussenkunstenquarantaine on Instagram.
The Museum Arnhem is currently closed but virtually open via their Online Tour. Rather put yourself to work? Try an online Live Sculpting class or join the Online Contest “How is your City Life?”. The winner is included into the collection.
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Stay at Home, offer a selection of mini-documentations and audio tours covering the most-talked about exhibitions of the past few years such as Keith Haring’s “Canopy Restoration”. But it does not stop there, Stedelijk offers Live Tours broadcasted on Instagram every Friday at 2 pm CET. Previous tours included Beyond the Image, Base and Nam June Paik; The Future is Now! Although aired live, the tours will also be available on Facebook and YouTube afterwards.
Van AbbeMuseum Eindhoven
The Van AbbeMuseum is organizing numerous online initiatives to keep art lovers engaged. In their Online collection, Japanese artist On Kawara explores our relationship with time. Their Google Street View, offer a 360 view that enables you to virtually visit the “The Making of Modern Art”& “The Way Beyond Art” exhibitions. Another clever way to easily access multiple art spaces in one is via the SmARTplaces app which offers you seven European museums in your back pocket. Join Flemisch theatre-maker Lucas de Man and let him take you behind the scenes in their Audiotour or watch one of their many Mini Documentaries or listen to their Multi-vocal collection.
Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi (Florence, Italy)
In Touch, Building a New Relationship With Our Audience. An online platform taking its cue from Tomás Saraceno’s Aria exhibition to remote-trigger critical reflection.
Reina Sofia Madrid (Madrid, Spain)
This modern contemporary art museum builds its collections based on “multiple forms of relation that question our mental structures and the established hierarchies” (website, np). Although physically closed, the museum offers online content such as podcasts, online exhibitions and live art.
The Goodman Gallery (Johannesburg, Cape Town, London)
The Goodman gallery organizes numerous online exhibitions worth checking out. From all over the world, their exhibitions are now easily accessible online with advanced features to evoke an authentic gallery experience. “A Golden Spike” by Alfredo Jaar, Kapwani Kiwanga, Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, Tabita Rezaire, and Nolan Oswald Dennis among others is an online exhibition that challenges the idea that nature serves as a mere backdrop to our daily lives. From Johannesburg, the Goodman presents “How to Disappear” by Ja’ Tovia Gary and Kahlil Joseph. A 3D virtual curator-led tour about the pervasive modes and technologies of surveillance employed within contemporary society. From Cape Town , “Over Time” an online solo-exhibition by Carrie Mae Weems explores the systemic structures of the world, actively investigating systems of oppression through power, class, race and gender relations. This exhibition explores how the past and present interact in the making of such realities. Brought to you from London, Goodman offers you “Land of Dreams” by Shirin Neshat. This multi-media online exhibition explores the state of marginal groups such as women and people situated within a diaspora by working through dreams, photography, film and video installations.
The Royal Opera House (London, UK)
Follow the hashtag #OurHouseToYourHouse to stay on top of their latest online steaming services and other announcements.
Newspaper Articles and Other Media
Farago, Jason. “The merry-go-round stopped. What kind of art will emerge,?” in The New York Times, March 25, 2020.
Michael, Regnier. “Pandemic art, how artists have depicted disease,” in The Art Newspaper, May 2, 2020.
“Nasr, Ramsey: de rol van kunst in Coronatijd,” in Buitenhof, April 19, 2020.
A fragment from an episode by Dutch television show Buitenhof, in which former Poet Laureate, director, actor and novelist Ramsey Nasr discusses the role of art in times of Covid-19 (in Dutch).