Unfortunately, and due to current circumstances, most people all around the world had to put on pause their daily routines, and stay home. That means that in a month like April, where contemporary design is typically celebrated, many iconic design fairs had to be either postponed or cancelled. But in these hard times, is when the most brilliant minds are called to action. Some of the most amazing museums and art galleries of the world of contemporary design have created digital design exhibitions that will take you on a design journey as you have never seen before.
The concept of online viewing first started to blossom in the late 2010s as powerhouses like David Zwirner and Pace Gallery began to offer access to their pricey Koons and Hockney works in their online viewing rooms, which used a log-in system. Now more galleries and museums than ever are turning to digital exhibitions to maintain their public-facing programming.
Museums and galleries around the world are finding innovative ways to translate their contemporary design online for viewers everywhere to discover at home. Made up of more than just the works on view, the art and design worlds also comprise openings, lectures, fairs, biennials, and galas.
While the traditional white-cube art exhibition display remains the most refined and delicately mute backdrop to honour an artist’s work in person, the global health crisis has mandated an inevitable alternative, with gallerists and curators discovering the possibilities of limitless space and access that enclosed interiors inherently lack.
Both the commercial and nonprofit sectors are quickly responding to the need to stay connected with online programming that pushes the technological and creative contemporary design limits of virtual presence.
Boca do Lobo Blog is presenting to you 10 modern museums you can virtually visit, but there is so much more, for any taste, and anywhere in the world, you just gotta visit your favourite that contains your predilect contemporary design. Check the entire list here!
Guggenheim Museum, New York
From there, you can discover incredible works of art from the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary eras.
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
This famous American art museum features two online exhibits through Google. The first is an exhibit of American fashion from 1740 to 1895, including many renderings of clothes from the colonial and Revolutionary eras. The second is a collection of works from Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer.
Musée d’Orsay, Paris
You can virtually walk through this popular gallery that houses dozens of famous works from French artists who worked and lived between 1848 and 1914. Get a peek at artworks from Monet, Cézanne, and Gauguin, among others.
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
One of Korea’s popular museums can be accessed from anywhere around the world. Google’s virtual tour takes you through six floors of contemporary design from Korea and all over the globe.
Pergamon Museum, Berlin
As one of Germany’s largest and most famous museums, Pergamon has a lot to offer – even if you can’t physically be there. This historical museum is home to plenty of ancient artefacts including the Ishtar Gate of Babylon and, of course, the Pergamon Altar.
Explore the masterworks from the Dutch Golden Age, including works from Vermeer and Rembrandt. Google offers a Street View tour of this iconic museum, so you can feel as if you’re actually wandering its halls.
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
Anyone who is a fan of this tragic, ingenious painter can see his works up close (or, almost up close) by virtually visiting this museum – the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh, including over 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and over 750 personal letters.
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
European artworks from as far back as the 8th Century can be found in this California art museum. Take a Street View tour to discover a huge collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, manuscripts, and photographs.
Uffizi Gallery, Florence
This less well-known gallery houses the art collection of one of Florence, Italy’s most famous families, the de’Medicis. The building was designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 specifically for Cosimo I de’Medici, but anyone can wander its halls from anywhere in the world.
MASP, São Paulo
The Museu de Arte de São Paulo is a non-profit and Brazil’s first modern museum. Artworks placed on clear perspex frames make it seem like the artwork is hovering in midair. Take a virtual tour to experience the wondrous display for yourself.
Google Arts & Culture’s collection includes the British Museum in London, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Guggenheim in New York City, and literally hundreds of more places where you can gain knowledge about art, history, and science. This collection is especially good for students who are looking for ways to stay on top of their studies while schools are closed. Now, you get “go to famous museums” and never have to leave your couch.
For Boca do Lobo‘s 15º Anniversary, the design brand gathered all of its most desired concepts to create the perfect marriage between contemporary design and handcrafted unique pieces into a new concept: A Virtual House.
We are allowing the art lovers, design aficionados and everyone in-between to explore the House of Boca do Lobo through a new perspective of the digital world – Visit every room of our opulent house without taking one step outside of yours. Be enticed by all the exclusive experiences we have prepared for you: from brand new launches to exciting entertainment and even some surprise guests along the way…