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The Best Virtual Art Exhibitions 2021

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Longing to soak up some culture? You’ll be pleased to know you can still get your creativity fix while galleries are closed with these virtual art exhibitions.

The Best Virtual Art Exhibitions


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  • Charles Gaines exhibition

    Charles Gaines: Multiples of Nature, Trees and Faces

    Hauser & Wirth is launching the first ever solo exhibition in the UK of work by American conceptual artist Charles Gaines, who uses a unique formula of colours and numbers to deconstruct images.

    29 January – 1 May 2021


  • 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.

    From 9 January 2021

    Image: Tim Smith

  • Philip Braham

    Closer To Home

    Travel to Scotland virtually through Philip Braham’s new online exhibition, Closer To Home, which explores the rich Perthshire landscape through a series of paintings and photographs – many with hidden narratives.

    6 – 30 January 2021

    Image: Black Crow by a Stony Path, Philip-Braham, 2019

  • Tracey Emin, Because you left, 2016. Acrylic on canvas, 25.2 x 30.3 cm. Private collection © Tracey Emin. All rights reserved, DACS 2020

    Tracey Emin/Edvard Munch

    “I’ve been in love with this man since I was eighteen” – so said Tracey Emin of Edvard Munch, the Norwegian expressionist painter most famous for The Scream. In a highly personal show, 25 of Emin’s paintings – some displayed for the first time – explore the loneliness of the soul, alongside a careful selection of watercolours and oil paintings of Munch’s drawn from Oslo’s Munch Museum, showing both the latter’s influence on Emin and how intersecting themes of loneliness, longing and grief inform the highly evocative work of both. If you didn’t get a chance to see the exhibition before the Royal Academy of Arts closed its doors, check out the virtual tour online.

    Until 28 February 2021

    Image: Tracey Emin, Because you left, 2016. Acrylic on canvas, 25.2 x 30.3 cm. Private collection © Tracey Emin. All rights reserved, DACS 2020

  • Audrey Hepburn, Terry O'Neill

    Every Picture Tells a Story

    See behind the scenes of iconic celebrity photographs in the first retrospective of works by British photographer Terry O’Neill since he passed away in November last year. Though the exhibition launches in Gstaad’s Maddox Gallery, it’s also being displayed in an immersive virtual gallery for viewers worldwide. The collection includes a recently colourised snap of Frank Sinatra on the Miami Boardwalk, a windswept Brigitte Bardot posing with a cigar between her teeth, Faye Dunaway the morning after her Oscar win and much more, with each image accompanied by stories from Terry’s perspective.

    Fan of Terry’s snaps? Annie Bing has released three new pieces – two sweatshirts and a t-shirt – featuring his photographs of Faye Dunaway and David Bowie. You can buy them now at

    Image Credit: Audrey Hepburn, South of France 1996 by Terry O’Neill.

  • 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.

    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.

    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.

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

  • Arshile Gorky

    Arshile Gorky and Jack Whitten

    In a tribute to Arshile Gorky, an early adopter of the Abstract Expressionism movement that would come to define much of 20th century American art, experimental visual artist and sculptor Jack Whitten deemed him “my first love in painting”. In this virtual exhibition presented by Hauser & Wirth, works by both are shown side by side, highlighting the similarities in the approaches of these two master artists of the last century. Sales from the exhibition will support the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

    Image: Arshile Gorky (1904-1948), Untitled c. 1947–1948. Oil on canvas 111.8 x 137.2 cm / 44 x 54 inches© (2019). The Arshile Gorky Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS)

    Image: Courtesy The Arshile Gorky Foundation and Hauser & Wirth.


    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.

    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 long-awaited exhibition.

    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.

  • Sickboy

    The Dividing Line

    Presented by virtual reality art gallery Fluorescent Smogg, this immersive show brings together some of the world’s leading contemporary artists – working in a range of mediums from screenprint to video – to ask some incredibly prescient questions. Can a traditional gallery experience be assimilated in virtual reality, and are real spaces needed in a digital world simmering with ‘deep fakes’? Constructed using the latest 3D rendering, the exhibition aims to explore these issues and more, while donating 10% of profits to mental health charity Mind. What’s more, the virtual gallery has been extended until the end of July, now featuring a brand-new pop-up titled The Trellick Project. The additional space will transform every few weeks, showcasing an array of limited edition and bespoke works from the likes of Ben Eine, Rick Griffin and Ralph Steadman.

    Image: Sickboy



    Maddox Gallery’s female-led exhibition HERSTORY showcases the works of budding and established female international artists. Aiming to shift the conversation surrounding women in art, the significant exhibition features artworks from the likes of Instagram art sensation Sophie Tea, American visual artist Beau Dunn, painter Lily Kemp, and multidisciplinary artist Lauren Baker, to name but a few. View the exhibition catalogue from home via the gallery website.

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