Stuck in your shell, reminiscing about the good old days when you were surrounded by galleries with wide-open doors but were too lazy to enter one? Museums, galleries, theatres and the entire art community have always relied on human presence during exhibitions and performances. Since March a year ago, up until now its continuously subjected to everyday suffering. Cinema migrated to online streaming, but what about museums and galleries? Have they been polishing their statues and paintings for a whole year waiting for a grand premiere once this whole mess disappears?
Of course not, it’s in human nature to adapt to surroundings, this field is no different. From Japan to Mexico, prolonging the adventure in Central Europe or elsewhere – today, internet cables hidden in almighty oceans allow you to reconnect with the art world in just a few clicks.
Let’s begin our journey in Japan. Sakura’s (cherry blossom), a wide variety of martial arts, historical bloodbaths supervised with one of the sharpest blades on the planet, traditional arts, curved and stuffed to the brim with detailed architecture and of course, manga and anime – this tiny island surely can patch up curiosity holes within anyone.
For modernism lovers, check out this apparel exhibition. Kimonos are so detailed that even today’s fashion looks lazy and outdated.
Learn about Japanese artists conquering today’s scene. Once you have entered the website, you set sail through a truly marvelous adventure in a virtual cloud museum.
For traditional art lovers the Yamatane Museum of Art in Tokyo features over a hundred exhibitions. Including many cultural properties painted on various materials.
Yamatane Museum of Art
Moving on to Mexico. The land of heavenly tacos and tortillas, dreadful hangover-giving tequila, sombreros, maracas and guitarrons that uplift the mood during funfairs. A country with the world’s smallest volcano, some of the most colorful festivals and lots of chihuahua’s – a breed named after a northern state in Mexico.
The Custodians of Corn, a sculptural collection of contemporary Mexican female identity. This exhibition explores women from different states that were related to the base grain of Mexico, corn.
Custodians of Corn
The colourful, vivid and full of mystery ENDEMISMO exhibition. Brought to light by multiple generations of painters and photographers. Endemism is a state of species being glued to one particular geographic location: an island, state etc. The art showcase was inspired by visiting the Helia Bravo Hollis Botanical Garden in Zapotitlán Salinas.
Lost Longing by a former ceramics workshop leader at the Harvard University – Adán Paredes. Guaranteed to send shivers down your spine.
Final stop, Austria. Located in the southern center of Europe, this country is famous for its castles, totaling a number greater than 200. 62% of the land is covered in Alps, making marvelous views a common occurrence when traveling. It is also the birthplace of a legendary Hollywood actor Arnold ‘get to the chopper’ Schwarzenegger.
Most of Austria’s galleries are located in the capital, Vienna, Galerie Krinzinger is no exception. Exhibition DIE DR. MABUSENLOLITA by famous German painter and sculptor Jonathan Messe is a response to systems of power created by two fictional characters, Dr. Mabuse and Lolita.
DIE DR. MABUSENLOLITA
There are paintings out there that demand several minutes to be deciphered by the human eye. The Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna is all about them.
MAK – Museum of Applied Arts
Many of the places listed above are on Google Arts & Culture. Google has played a massive role in making art accessible to everyone. The phone application features augmented reality, allowing users to view famous paintings at home and from different angles. It also has interactive features: puzzles, face match with famous paintings and virtual tours. Instead of scrolling social media, it is worth considering having this application and opening it once in a while.
Sure, it’s not the same as being actually present. But let’s not forget the importance of art and the role society plays in it. Currently, artists require attention more than ever. Without an audience, art is like a plane without passengers or a concert without fans. Other sad realities all too familiar right now.