Step away from your Netflix subscription and broaden your cultural horizons courtesy of these impeccably curated online tours of this summer's must-see exhibitions from the world's best loved museums.
Fondazione Prada, Milan
The Fondazione Prada provides an intellectual at-home escape in Readings, a presentation of critical essays and texts, collated into podcasts, which explore and challenge the museum’s multidisciplinary exhibitions. Listen on your morning walk, or for some afternoon mindfulness.
For the romantics out there, see Love Stories - A Sentimental Survey of Francesco Vezzoli, a social media project which involves over 50 Instagram polls. Each set of weekly poll results has been discussed by personalities in the cultural, artistic and journalistic worlds, to investigate the emotional and psychological status of the modern couple.
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The V&A's website features a range of options for your containment entertainment. However, we’re most excited for the Fashion in Motion events, free-to-attend runways which are now available for viewing on their website! Indulge in the deliciousness of 20 years of fashion here.
For bite-size information, Simon Sladen, the Museum’s Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Performance, took to Twitter throughout April to launch his Theatre and Performance #TwitterTours, with themes from Shakespeare’s works to 20th Century Rock posters. Dive in here.
Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida
With all this time at home to think, why not luxuriate in your existentialism a little longer? The Eye to I exhibition, organised by the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, explores the depths and complexities of self-consciousness, particularly poignant in the age of the ‘selfie’. From realist depictions to abstract concepts, these artistic attempts at self-representation are a sure way to make you question your identity! The show is running until September 20th but you can enjoy a six minute sneak preview here:
Tate Modern, London
The Tate is offering an exquisite seven-minute video experience and room-by-room tour of its Andy Warhol exhibition. It will feature the iconic pop images of Campbell’s soup cans and Marilyn Monroe, alongside works never before see in the UK, analysed by curators Gregor Muir and Fiontán Moran. Explore his works as inspired by the immigrant story, his religious upbringing and his concerns with life and death, here.
Release your creative juices with Late at Tate TV (online for the first time ever!) by joining discussions on creativity during isolation which are perfect for aspiring young creatives. Get involved in Instagram filter-making with artist Huntrezz or vibe to playlists curated by Reprezent Radio. Watch and listen until the 24 July or engage your inner artist on 21 August for another day of live talks.
Calling all space-enthusiasts! NASA brings us a variety of virtual tours and apps for all summer long, including a Google tour of the flight preparation process, Armstrong’s Go for Flight. You can download the free Google Expeditions App and experience the Modern Figures Expedition, a virtual tour highlighting women in STEM. There's plenty more where that came from, including a NASA selfie app which takes photos of you in front of some of the most captivating space images. Check them out here. It’s a go from us!
The Louvre, Abu Dhabi
The Louvre Abu Dhabi has launched a number of activities, including a Community Summer Challenge which runs every Sunday until the 23 August; submit a piece of artwork based on the weekly theme and watch for the winner on social media.
Alternatively, check out a series of curated playlists, which mirror the moods of the Louvre’s artworks and provide an original and personal interaction with the Museum.
The Dali Theatre Museum, Catalonia
The Museum boasts the largest collection of artwork by Salvador Dalí, a Spanish Surrealist artist, renowned for his technical skill and use of striking, bizarre images. This online exhibition presents a realistic virtual tour of three floors of Dalí’s artwork; lead yourself through a stunning building, hover your mouse over countless informative links, and follow your interests. You won’t even remember you’re at home!
Royal Academy of Arts, London
While we won’t be making any trips to London anytime soon, we will be enjoying the Royal Academy’s new virtual displays. Picasso’s expansive corpus of work with paper is put into a 38-minute video tour. Burning, tearing, building, Picasso manipulated this everyday material incredibly intricately and extensively and now you can enjoy it all from your sofa.
While there’s no real replacement for experiencing art and history in the flesh, the opportunity to “visit” these museums, all while chilling in pyjamas, coffee in hand, face-mask on, sounds like a winner to us.