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The Best Virtual Art Exhibitions 2021

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Galleries may be open again, but the world of virtual art exhibitions continues to thrive. Read on for the exciting shows you can tune into from your sofa.

The Best Virtual Art Exhibitions

 

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Philip Colbert, LOBSTEROPOLIS CITY

LOBSTEROPOLIS CITY

As the next step in Philip Colbert’s ongoing exploration of the digital possibilities of art, the artist is launching his first ever fully digital exhibition. It will be opening within its own virtual reality world, Decentraland, where viewers are invited to explore LOBSTEROPOLIS CITY through a unique avatar, or even create their own piece of the universe. The project has been underway for three years, with some elements having appeared in international shows including his 2020 Saatchi Gallery exhibition.

Opening 30 June, play.decentraland.org

Bhangra Lexicon

Hardeep Sahota: Bhangra Lexicon

The Bhangra artform – an energetic form of dance and music that originated in the Panjab – is captured through light painting in a new exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, compiled by dancer Hardeep Sahota in collaboration with photographer Tim Smith. ysp.org.uk

Image: Tim Smith

The Stillness of Life

The Stillness of Life

Acclaimed photojournalist Sir Don McCullin is presenting an online exhibition of platinum prints to tie in with the reopening of ‘The Stillness of Life’ at Hauser & Wirth Somerset. The digital curation features a collection of landscape imagery – from flooding meadows in Somerset to the Northern Arctic in Svalbard Archipelago. hauserwirth.com

Image Credit: Somerset Levels, Glastonbury 1990s, printed in 2016. © Don McCullin. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

Mindful Mushroom

Mushrooms: The Art, Design and Future of Fungi

If you thought there couldn’t possibly be an entire exhibition dedicated to the mighty shroom, think again. Somerset House is hosting a one-of-a-kind showcase exploring and celebrating fungi in all its wondrous forms, featuring the work of more than 40 renowned artists, designers and musicians including artist Cy Twombly, beloved author Beatrix Potter and composer John Cage. Whilst the arts centre is temporarily closed, a virtual tour of the exhibition is now available to explore online. Find out more here. somersethouse.org.uk

Image: Seana Gavin, ‘Mindful Mushroom’, courtesy of the artist.

The Pilgrimage to Chikubu Island

Anno’s Journey: The World of Anno Mitsumasa

Whilst a visit to London’s Japan House might be off the cards, a (virtual) visit to their latest exhibition is not. Explore the life and visionary works of celebrated Japanese illustrator Anno Mitsumasa in the culture hub’s first online showcase (using 3D technology), comprising 89 vivid Japanese paintings, watercolours, papercuts and more. japanhouselondon.uk

Image: The Pilgrimage to Chikubu Island from ‘The Tale of Heike Picture Book’ (Courtesy of Anno Art Museum, Tsuwano)

TRATE

TRATE: Technicolour Malaise

Canadian artist TRATE (who works under an alias) is showcasing his third London exhibition at Soho gallery 15 Bateman Street, an evocative and vibrant collection of his signature large-scale figurative paintings. In light of the current situation, the exhibition is currently available to view via virtual studio tours. aliastrate.com

Read our interview with TRATE here

Image: TRATE, Tender Disfiguration

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

Delve into the fantastical world of Andy Warhol at the Tate Modern’s highly anticipated 2020 retrospective. From his iconic pop images dedicated to Marilyn Monroe, to the Ladies and Gentlemen series (exhibited for the first time in 30 years) and an array of unseen pieces, this is an eclectic must-see showcase for Warhol enthusiasts world-wide. Fortunately, the Tate Modern has released an online tour of the exhibition. tate.org.uk

Image: Andy Warhol, Marilyn Diptych.

Raphael

Celebrating Raphael

Online arts platform Musement has launched a virtual exhibition dedicated to world-renowned Italian artist Raffaello Sanzio (also knows as Raphael). The innovative gallery will showcase some of the Renaissance artist’s most significant works, marking the 500th anniversary of his death. musement.com

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